Low levels of ‘bad cholesterol’ may increase stroke risk – Study – The Punch
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Low levels of ‘bad cholesterol’ may increase stroke risk – Study – The Punch

Dayo Ojerinde

Researchers in a recent study published in the journal, Neurology, has warned that women with low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, sometimes called “bad cholesterol,” may face an increased risk of bleeding stroke.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association said a person’s levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol should remain under 100 mg/dl.

New research from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston had, however, discovered that women with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels below 100 mg/dl might actually be more at risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

According to medicanewstoday.com , the researchers in the study looked at the data of 27,937 women aged 45 and over, who took part in the Women’s Health Study. The data included measurements of each participant’s low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride levels at the beginning of the study.

The researchers found that during this time, 137 women had experienced a bleeding stroke. They noted that nine of the 1,069 women with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels of 70 mg/dl or lower experienced this type of cardiovascular event.

The study’s lead author, Dr Pamela Rist, said, “Women with very low LDL cholesterol or low triglycerides should be monitored by their doctors for other stroke risks factors that can be modified, like high blood pressure and smoking, in order to reduce their risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

“Also, additional research is needed to determine how to lower the risk of hemorrhagic stroke in women with very low low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and low triglycerides.”

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