03/02/2007 - News

One in four stroke patients still has high cholesterol

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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One in four stroke patients still has high cholesterol

Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist

Too many stroke patients have higher than recommended levels of cholesterol, according to new research.
Lowering cholesterol reduces the risk of stroke. So it is concerning to learn from a new study that many stroke survivors - who are at risk of recurrence - do not have their cholesterol under control. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have studied over 1,000 people who had had either a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) - an episode of temporary stroke-like symptoms which is often a warning sign of a bigger stroke to come.

Twenty seven per cent of this group had cholesterol higher than recommended guideline levels. Most should have been on cholesterol-lowering drugs. It may be that they could have avoided having their stroke or TIA if their cholesterol had been controlled. And of those who were known to have high cholesterol or who were already on cholesterol-lowering drugs, many were still not at their ideal cholesterol level. Therefore, more attention should be paid to identifying and thoroughly treating high cholesterol in patients at risk of stroke. It could save them having a stroke at all and protect them from a recurrence.

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Neurology 27th February 2007

Created on: 03/02/2007
Reviewed on: 03/02/2007

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