Research studies have shown that blood types A and B have a higher risk of blood clots versus O blood type, therefore escalating strokes and heart disease. Blood clots that cause strokes can happen anywhere in the body: heart, lungs, legs, or the brain.
There are contributing factors that increase this risk depending on your health issues and your lifestyle. Or it can be what is called a “silent” stroke versus an ischemic stroke, the most common. It may go undetected until you notice your brain is not remembering as it should or you have an MRI showing damage.
A recent study, done at the University of Copenhagen in the Netherlands and published in the journal of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that compared to type O blood, type A and B groups were 51% more likely to develop DVTs and lung thrombosis or clots. This logically would follow that blood type AB, even though rarer, shows a 29% higher risk for both men and women for clots.
Actually, these two types are the most common vascular diseases, affecting almost 900,000 Americans a year and resulting in 100,000 deaths. Type B blood had a 17% higher risk of thrombosis for women versus men. This study also found blood types A and B had an 8% higher risk of heart attacks.
5. Health Issues Increase Risk of Stroke
Many of the common health issues of the day like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity can be more likely to raise the stroke risk in ABO blood types.
Diabetes and heart disease are two of the most common chronic health conditions that can increase clot risk.
4. Surgery or Trauma Can Cause Strokes
Anytime you have any trauma to the body, whether it’s surgery, accidents of any type, or just a broken bone it can increase the likelihood of blood clots. This is especially true when you may be immobilized due to broken bones, in a coma, or healing with little movement.