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A blood test to detect elevation of a particular protein can be used to evaluate a person's risk for suffering a stroke within a 6 year time period. The level of the protein, lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 or Lp-Pla2, can give an indication of a persons' likelihood of having a stroke, despite lacking other well known risk factors, including smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Fatal strokes are only superseded by deaths related to cancer and heart disease. Strokes are commonly caused by blocking of an artery in the brain due to a clot. Identification of people at risk can be prescribed hypolipidemic drugs, or statins, to reduce their risk as it affects cholesterol and Lp-Pla2 levels, and also aspirin, to decrease blood clotting.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Daily mail
About: Blood protein an indicator for stroke risk
Date: 28 June 2005
Source: Daily mail
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