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Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure down

I really like the clear message that comes from this new study … control your blood pressure and cholesterol!

People who had a stroke can significantly reduce the chance of a second stroke or heart attack by controlling their blood pressure and cholesterol, according to a French study. Even if you have not had a stroke, it shows how good blood pressure and cholesterol control helps the heart.

Video: The Real Deal with Cholesterol

I find the subject of cholesterol can get confusing. This video has a clear explanation of the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol which helped me visualize ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol.

The stroke risk study

Almost 10% of people who have had a stoke go on to have a second stroke. That’s high! The researchers aim was to find out how to reduce that risk. Researchers tracked 4,731 people who had a stroke. Half took a cholesterol lowering drug atorvastatin (Lipitor), while the other half received a placebo over about 4.9 years.

There was a significant 75% reduction in stroke, myocardial infarction and vascular death in those people who achieved optimal levels for the following 4 factors:

  • LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • HDL (“good”) cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Blood pressure

Pfizer Inc., which makes Lipitor, funded the study. It is important to note that the above four targets may be achieved by other things than medication. For example, maintaining healthy weight and waist measurements and regular exercise. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting.

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