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- Every year, over 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke, costing the country more than £8 billion
- More than half of the estimated 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK suffer from disabilities affecting their daily lives
- A stroke causes damage to the brain, from blocked arteries or bleeding from blood vessels
- Up to 30 per cent of strokes are caused by Cardioembolic strokes, they are extremely severe, caused by a clot that originates in the heart and travels to the brain
The discovery of a mutant gene, could be the answer to reducing the risk of a stroke and preventing disability, scientists have said.
Scientists have discovered a new gene that could save lives and prevent disability from a stroke.
People with a mutant form of the ABO gene (which determines blood groups), are more likely to have certain types of stroke, they said.
Researchers identified differences within the gene, linked to blood clotting, one of the main causes of a stroke.