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People from larger families more likely to suffer from stroke or heart attack

Study reveals family size and sibling rank can affect long-term cardiovascular health

Younger siblings and people from larger families are more likely to suffer from cardiac events such as strokes or heart attacks, new research has found.

A peer-reviewed paper published by BMJ Open examined the results of a large population study in Sweden and cross-referenced them with figures on cardiovascular events in patients.

Firstborns were shown to have better cardiovascular health outcomes in later life, and those from smaller family units were more likely to be healthier than people in large families, it showed.

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