Monday, August 24, 2009

One part of preventing second strokes

If it happens once, it can happen again.

Most importantly, there are ways to prevent second strokes. One is to reduce the "bad" cholesterol level. There are other elements of prevention. Among them: Watch your blood pressure and weight. Don't smoke. Control alcohol intake. Exercise (check with the doctor first).

High cholesterol-treating statins can help prevent second strokes in some cases:

The 10-year study of nearly 800 people who had strokes found a 35 percent lower incidence of second strokes and a 57 percent lower death rate among those who took statins compared to those who didn't, according to a report in the May 26 issue of Neurology.

Statins include blockbuster medications such as Crestor, Lipitor, Pravachol and Zocor.
Don't assume you suddenly need a statin, but this story is one more argument to keep working with your doctor to monitor your cholesterol and other stroke risks.

(Photo from the National Library of Medicine)

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