Paper of the day - low LDL cuts stroke
Aggressive treatment to cut LDL-cholesterol in patinets who have had a recent stroke or transient ischaemic attack reduces the risk of a further stroke by a third, a major international trial concludes.
Researchers analysed results from the SPARCL trial, which compared use of 80mg atorvastatin with placebo. Patients whose LDL was cut by 50% or more had a 31% drop in stroke risk compared with those with lesser drops in LDL.
Stroke 2007 25 October early online publication