New York : A team of US researchers has found a new set of genes that may be responsible for stroke and dementia the two most common and disabling neurological conditions.
Researchers identified a new gene called FOXF2 that increases the risk of having a stroke due to small vessel disease in the brain.
The small vessel disease not only causes stroke but is also a major contributor to the risk of dementia and also associated with gait problems and depression.
The study may help researchers better understand, treat and prevent ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and perhaps Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Previous studies have looked mainly at genes causing atherosclerosis and genes affecting the function of platelets and clotting processes as risk factors for ischemic stroke clot obstructing blood flow to the brain. A different set of genes has been associated with hemorrhagic stroke bleeding into the brain.
The team looked for new stroke genes using genome wide association as well as meta-analysis.