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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

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