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Does being part of a larger family raise cardiovascular risk?

August 21, 2021

From the Medical News Today website

According to the World Health OrganizationTrusted Source, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which affect the heart and blood vessels, are the leading cause of death globally. 

Family history and lifestyle factors such as smoking and an unhealthy diet are well-established risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease and stroke.

Besides a family history of CVD largely influenced by genetic predisposition, there is also evidence to show that family structure, especially birth order but not family size, can influence the risk of death due to cardiovascular conditions.

However, only a few studies have looked at the impact of family structure on nonfatal cardiovascular events.

A comprehensive understanding of the impact of family structure on CVD risk requires the inclusion of both fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events.

A large observational study involving people aged 30–58 years at onset now shows that the number of siblings and birth order can influence the risk of total cardiovascular events over a 25-year follow-up period.

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