Scientists Spot Stroke Genes

Also, being able to identify people at greater risk for stroke might spur more aggressive lifestyle changes in order to reduce that risk, Siller added.

"That does have implications for today," he said.

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The American Stroke Association has more on ischemic stroke.

SOURCES: Myriam Fornage, Ph.D., Laurence & Johanna Favrot Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology, Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Keith Siller, medical director, Comprehensive Stroke Care Center, New York University Langone Medical Center, and assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York City; April 23, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine

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