A 21-year-old member asked:
What genes play an important role in stroke?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Neurology 24 years experience
Rarely one gene: Most strokes are due to risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol issues have a genetic component that usually isn't localized to one gene. Familial clusters of strokes due to a single gene (eg cadasil) or single mitochondrial RNA mutation (eg melas) are rare.
6.3k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Many: There is no "stroke gene". There are many conditions which are genetically determined, such leiden factor v deficiency which leads to stroke. If you have strong family history of stroke, you should find out what condition(s) your family has contributing to their strokes. This is a more productive approach than searching the human genome.
5.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Aug 12, 2015
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.