22 new genetic risk factors for stroke identified

By: IANS | New York |
Published: March 13, 2018 10:42 pm

The study showed that some genetic risk factors contribute to specific mechanisms and others to stroke susceptibility at large. (Source: File Photo)

Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke, from DNA samples of 520,000 individuals worldwide, thus tripling the number of gene regions known to affect stroke risk.

Stroke is the second most common cause of both death and disability-adjusted life-years worldwide, but its molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Previously, only 10 genetic risk factors had been identified for stroke.

“Understanding these newly identified risk factors for stroke should also enable us to find novel treatments for dementia,” said Sudha Seshadri, University of Texas-San Antonio, US.

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