"STROKE has long been considered a disease of old age and a random event that’s hard to predict, says Jason Hinman, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist and stroke researcher at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. Traditional thinking says they occur due to a lifetime’s accumulation of risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health issues. But that view has started to change, thanks to large, recent studies highlighting the role of genetics in stroke risk. Identifying gene mutations linked to stroke may lead to better stroke prevention, treatment, and recovery. Here’s how."
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