If a member of your family suffers a stroke, you are naturally concerned, in the first instance, about the person affected. Later, however, other concerns will often also start to play on your mind. Is it hereditary? Will I get it too? Can I do anything to reduce the risk?
At iGene we deal with heredity and prevention on a daily basis and help you find answers to these kinds of questions.
Stroke – also known as a cerebrovascular accident – is a collective term covering cerebral infarctions and cerebral haemorrhages. During a stroke the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. A temporary blockage of a blood vessel is referred to as a TIA. A cerebral haemorrhage results from a rupture in a blood vessel, which is generally caused by a weak spot in the blood vessel in question (aneurysm). The risk of suffering a stroke increases with age.
Genetic predisposition to a stroke
Your personal risk of a stroke depends on various factors. One of these is your DNA, but environmental factors and lifestyle also play a role, for example. To make a statement about your genetic predisposition, we examine mutations (changes or errors) in your DNA.
Preventing a stroke
Scientists are finding out more and more about ways to reduce the risk of a stroke. That means you can take steps yourself to prevent a stroke. iGene can help by sharing relevant scientific information with you directly in your iGene Passport.
Want to reduce your risk of a stroke?
An iGene Passport allows you to see straight away whether you have an increased or reduced risk of a large number of hereditary conditions, including a stroke. If it becomes apparent that you are at an increased risk of a stroke, you will also receive targeted information on how to reduce this risk.
A healthy lifestyle thanks to your iGene Passport
For as long as your iGene Passport is active you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights. That means that if important discoveries are made in the future that will help you take even more effective steps to prevent a stroke, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.