A new blood test can be a lifesaver for those with strokes, but it’s also important to remember that it’s not always a perfect test, experts say.
Dr. Daniel J. Brown and his team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center tested nearly 30,000 new cases of stroke from 2000 to 2014.
They found that the new test can tell people when they’re at risk of a stroke or a brain injury, and that it may also identify when someone is at risk for a heart attack or a stroke.
“If you’ve got a very young child, a child in the next year, for example, they may be a very high risk for having a stroke,” Brown told ABC News.
“They may not have the symptoms of stroke yet, but they’re very much at risk.”
Brown’s study, published in the journal Stroke, found that a test for new blood cells is the most accurate way to identify stroke.
They’re also important in helping to prevent the development of new strokes, which often occur in older adults and children.
A new blood stem cell test could be the key to a better stroke treatmentA new study suggests a new blood tests can be used to predict stroke.”
And if you have a test that’s predictive of stroke, then you can use it for any type of stroke.”
A new blood stem cell test could be the key to a better stroke treatmentA new study suggests a new blood tests can be used to predict stroke.
The new study involved researchers at the University of Utah, the National Institutes of Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Researchers compared the new blood markers, called platelets, in patients with stroke to healthy controls.
The study found that there was a significant difference in platelets from people with a stroke to people without a stroke, and they were found to be elevated in the brain.
“Our study shows that the blood cells that we can see in the patients with a brain stroke are actually higher in platelet number than we can find in people without strokes,” said Dr. Andrew E. Lassman, an expert in stroke at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital.
Lassman is a co-author of the study, and he told ABCNews.com that the findings could lead to a more accurate treatment plan for stroke patients.
“This study provides the basis for a better understanding of the function of platelets in the brains of people with stroke, especially in patients who have stroke in their late teens or early 20s,” he said.
“These results will help inform future research in stroke patients to identify and improve the treatments available to them.”
The new findings are important because many stroke patients, especially those in their 20s and 30s, have lower platelet counts than those with normal brains, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
The ABC News team will be following the study and other research into stroke treatment at Vanderbilt in the coming weeks.