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Two Birds, One Stone: Lowering Stroke Risk with Cholesterol Drugs

According to Reuters, a study published in The BMJ suggests that statins and fibrates, popular cholesterol-lowering treatments, may also reduce stroke risk in low-risk patients. Researchers analyzed data gathered from the interviews of 7,500 people who had no risk of vascular disease or stroke. Approximately 27 percent of the people were taking statins or fibrates to lower their cholesterol and after nine years 292 people had a stroke and 440 others had experienced some sort of cardiovascular event. Taking the cholesterol-lowering pills did not protect against the risk of cardiovascular events, but it did reduce stroke risk and death from other causes by approximately 34 percent.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in The BMJ.