There are actually relatively few what we call monogenetic causes of stroke, i.e. your parents have it therefore you’ve got a high chance of having it. However, what we’re increasingly realising is that there are probably poly genetic factors which we are currently unable to test for or identify a gene for.
Actually, I would focus less on that as I would focus more on what you can do by way of looking at your lifestyle, diet, blood pressure, sugars etc as these are controllable and treatable. Your genes are your genes but you can do a lot to protect yourself and prevent your future vascular health.
As far as passing on risk to your children, there are very few causes of genetically linked strokes so again, it’s more about you looking after your own vascular health in the ways we’ve discussed.
Dr Arvind Chandratheva is a consultant neurologist and clinical lead for the TIA service and hyper acute stroke unit at the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square.
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