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The only project of its kind anywhere that studies all acute vascular events, such as strokes and heart attacks, to develop better treatments has recruited its 10,000th Oxfordshire participant.

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The Oxford Vascular Study (OXVASC) began in 2002 and involves University of Oxford staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital collecting detailed health data, blood samples and carrying out scans.

The study has provided vital data on the frequency, time-trends, causes and outcomes of heart attacks, strokes, transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs or mini strokes), aneurysms and other circulatory problems, as well as subsequent complications, such as dementia.

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