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High levels of cholesterol are a major risk factor for stroke according to new research published today in Nature Medicine by researchers in Nuffield Department of Population Health.

High cholesterol strongly linked to risk of stroke

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.  

Read more (Nuffield Department of Population Health website)