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Feb 20, 2014 6:18 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

New data may explain why iron deficiency is linked to higher stroke risk

A British study finds iron deficiency may raise the risk of stroke because it makes blood more sticky.

Previous research already links low iron to stroke in adults and children, but until now, scientists weren't sure why.

New data from almost 500 patients shows iron deficiency increases the stickiness of blood platelets, which can cause clots that travel to the brain.

Now, scientists want to see if they can lower a high-risk patient's chances of stroke by treating iron deficiency.

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