Low lipid levels may raise stroke risk


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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New research suggests that women with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels below 70 mg/dL and those with low triglycerides levels may be at greater risk of haemorrhagic stroke. 

The prospective cohort study included 27,937 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Study who had total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and triglycerides measured at the start of the study. 

During an average of 19.3 years of follow-up, 137 haemorrhagic strokes occurred. The study found that those with LDL-C levels

Presenting the findings in the American Academy of Neurology, the authors said women with very low LDL-C or low triglycerides should be monitored for other modifiable risk factors for haemorrhagic stroke to help reduce their overall risk of experiencing a haemorrhagic stroke event.