Women's Heart Advisor October 2012 Issue

New Thinking Emerges in Predicting Stroke Risk

Recent research questions high cholesterol as true indicator in women.

High cholesterol, particularly elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol, has long been associated with increasing the risk of stroke. Yet, new research suggests that high cholesterol may not be the true indicator of increased stroke risk in older women. Instead, high trigylceridesóor a type of fat carried in the bloodócould hold more information as to who is more susceptible of having a stroke. A study published in the journal Stroke (February 2, 2012) brought forward a surprising new theory: High triglyceride levels in postmenopausal women were significantly associated with the development of stroke, but LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels were not associated with increased risk of the disease.

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