Washington: Researchers have uncovered a key platelet protein that may offer a new angle for developing drugs to prevent stroke and heart attack.Lead study author Stephen Holly , PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said that I think we`re at the start of an exciting journey of drug discovery for a new class of antithrombotic therapies.In the human circulatory system, platelets are something of a double-edged sword. Without their clotting abilities, even a minor injury could result in potentially fatal bleeding.But during a heart attack or stroke, platelets form a clot that can potentially block blood flow through our veins and arteries, a dangerous condition called thrombosis, which can deprive tissues of oxygen and lead to death.
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