Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Studay asserts that statins may raise stroke risk in some

People who have had a type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain should avoid taking cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, according to some researchers.
Although statins are commonly used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, they said the drugs could increase the risks of a second stroke in these patients, outweighing any other heart benefits from the drugs it is claimed.

The study information may be found here: http://archneur.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/archneurol.2010.356

From the study: "The mechanism by which statins might amplify the risk of hemorrhagic stroke remains unclear. Historically, concerns about increased ICH risk with lipid-lowering drug therapy have centered on epidemiological studies linking low cholesterol levels with an increased rate of hemorrhagic stroke.  "