Scientists identify stroke gene

A stroke gene has been identified that could help scientists save lives and prevent disability. People with a mutant form of the ABO gene that determines blood group are more likely to have certain types of stroke, researchers found.

More than one million stroke survivors suffer disabilities

  • 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

Stroke gene: 'New target for potential treatments'

The discovery of a mutant gene, could be the answer to reducing the risk of a stroke and preventing disability, scientists have said.

The discovery of the association between this genetic variant and stroke identifies a new target for potential treatments which could help reduce the risk of stroke in the future.

It is also significant that no association was found with small vessel disease, as this suggests that stroke sub-types involve different genetic mechanisms which emphasises the need for individualised treatments.

– Dr Frances Williams, lead researcher from King's College London

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Research into stroke gene could save lives

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.

The new gene could save lives and prevent disability from a stroke Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Researchers identified differences within the gene, linked to blood clotting, one of the main causes of a stroke.