22 February 2011
Cholesterol levels are not a good predictor of stroke risk in female patients, it has been claimed.
According to new research conducted in Denmark, while raised cholesterol levels in men are linked to an increased stroke risk in men - it only becomes a factor when cholesterol is found to be twice the average level.
Published in the Annals of Neurology, the research suggested using different types of fats when assessing stroke risk.
The study looked at both the level of cholesterol and of non-fasting triglycerides in 7,579 women and 6,372 men over a 15-year period.
The scientists behind the paper suggested introducing non-fasting triglyceride monitoring for stroke risk patients, as the two were definitely linked.
Meanwhile, researchers from the University of Leicester have co-developed a new blood pressure monitoring device with scientists from Singapore, which promises more accurate measurements than the current arm cuff method.
Development of the device has been funded by the Department of Health and has received personal support from health secretary Andrew Lansley.
1 Varbo, Anette et al. "Nonfasting triglycerides, cholesterol, and ischemic stroke in the general population". Annals of Neurology. Friday, February 18th 2011.
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