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BP errors have dramatic effects

Statins can protect against strokes in patients who do not have coronary heart disease, according to a new large-scale analysis.

Taking the drugs reduced the risk of fatal or non-fatal stroke by 23 per cent in patients with no history of CHD, as well as by 25 per cent in patients who did have a CHD history.

Treatment reduced the risk of stroke to a greater extent than it lowered cholesterol levels, suggesting statins might have additional mechanisms of action.

The research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine (October), concluded: 'Statins may have an additional role in the primary prevention of stroke in patients without CHD but who are at risk of cardiovascular disease.'

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