High levels of cholesterol are a major risk factor for stroke according to new research published today in Nature Medicine. The study suggests that more widespread use of statin therapy could prevent a large number of strokes as well as heart disease in the Chinese population and others with high stroke rates.
There are two major types of stroke, one caused by a blockage of blood supply to the brain (ischaemic stroke) and the other caused by bleeding into the brain (haemorrhagic stroke). While high cholesterol is a well-established risk factor for heart disease, there is little reliable evidence about its association with risk of the different stroke types.
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