Gene Variation Increases Stroke Chance

March 27, 2014

Researchers at the University of Virginia are developing new treatments for stroke victims, based on a gene in the body.

Scientists have identified a gene variation in the body that causes some people to produce more of the amino acid, homocysteine. That amino acid increases a person's risk for stroke.

Researchers have developed a test to tell whether people have that gene variation, saying this could better help them understand why strokes happen, how to treat them, and how to prevent them.

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