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Stroke link to leaky blood vessels

13th March 2009

A study by researchers from Edinburgh University suggests that one in five strokes may be caused by a weakening of the tiny arteries in the brain.

The so-called lacunar strokes, which occur in tiny rather than large arteries, were previously thought to have been caused only by reduced blood flow to the brain. The findings, published in the Annals of Neurology, focused on two groups of stroke patients - one with lacunar stroke and one with the large artery type.

 

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