Statins: Drug may fail to protect patients with high triglycerides against stroke – study

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Study author Takao Hoshino, of the Tokyo Women’s Medical University in Japan, said: “Our study suggests that for people who had athero-thrombotic, having elevated levels of triglycerides in their blood is a risk factor for having another stroke or other cardiovascular problems in the future, and we found that to be true even if the person is on statin therapy.

“The good news is that statin medications are just one therapy for high triglycerides – diet and exercise can also be effective ways to reduce the levels in your blood at little or no cost.”

The researcher added: “More research is needed, but for people who have had an atherothrombotic stroke, triglyceride levels may emerge as a key target for preventing future stroke and other cardiovascular problems.

“Statin therapy is still an effective treatment for people with high triglyceride levels, but our study highlights how important it is to look at all the tools a person can use to lower their triglycerides, including diet modifications, exercise and taking omega-3 fatty acids.”



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