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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.

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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

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