Statins cut stroke risk by a fifth

Statin use reduces stroke risk by around a fifth, a meta-analysis of studies involving over 165,000 patients suggests.

Researchers from Bichat University Hospital in Paris, France, examined randomised controlled trials of statins, in combination with other preventive strategies.

They found that for each 1mmol/L decrease in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, there was a 21% reduction in relative risk of stroke.

Writing in The Lancet Neurology, the researchers said: ‘Lipid lowering with statins is effective in reducing both initial and recurrent stroke… Statins also strongly decrease other cardiovascular events in patients with non-cardioembolic stroke regardless of ischaemic stroke subtypes.’

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