A team of researchers from Italy suggests that a mutation in the COX-2 gene may reduce an individual's risk of experiencing a myocardial infarction or atherothrombotic ischemic stroke.

“We found that the -765GC polymorphism of the COX-2 gene is associated with a reduction in the risk of MI and stroke, suggesting that this [variation] may offer protection against clinical events related to atherosclerotic plaque rupture,” the authors wrote in their study, which appears in the May 12 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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