Know Your Blood Type

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Most peo­ple learn which blood type they have the first time they do­nate blood. “It is al­ways im­por­tant to do a type and a cross-match in any sit­u­a­tion when you do a blood trans­fu­sion,” he ex­plains.

Blood Type as a Pre­dic­tor of Stroke

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study at Brigham and Women’s Hospi­tal, re­searchers be­lieve blood type can be tied to an in­creased risk of stroke. “In this study, they looked at 90,000 peo­ple over a 20-year pe­riod and looked at about 3,000 in­stances of stroke,” says Dr. Allen. “Re­searchers found that men and women who had type AB blood had about a 25 per­cent in­creased chance of get­ting a stroke. Women who had type B blood had a 15 per­cent in­creased risk. There ap­pears to be some cor­re­la­tion be­tween blood type and your risk for hav­ing a stroke.”

So how ex­actly does your blood type in­flu­ence your risk of stroke?

“Th­ese pro­teins, which may be present in other ar­eas of the body in ad­di­tion to the sur­face of red blood cells, are prob­a­bly some­how re­lated to dam­age to the blood ves­sels and risk for stroke,” he says. Dr. Allen be­lieves that ul­ti­mately physi­cians will iden­tify a pa­tient’s blood type to de­ter­mine his or her stroke risk.

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