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Cholesterol-lowering drugs 'effective at reducing stroke risk'

Cholesterol-lowering drugs 'effective at reducing stroke risk'
16th April 2009

The taking of cholesterol-lowering drugs could reduce the risk of strokes by around a fifth, according to new research for a medical journal.

Publishing their results in the Lancet Neurology journal, researchers from Paris-Diderot University in France found that stroke risk fell by 21 per cent for each millimole per litre fall in the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the bloodstream.

Dr Pierre Amarenco, the lead researcher with the institution, stated that statins which lower this chemical are effective with both initial and recurrent stroke risks.

He continued: "Because this effect seems to be associated with the extent of LDL cholesterol reduction, the next step is to assess the effectiveness and safety of further reductions in LDL cholesterol after a stroke."

Earlier this week, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention released research which noted that too much salt in a person's diet can massively increase the chances of heart disease and strokes.

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