Low LDL target benefits stroke survivors: study

Setting a target of 1.8mmol/L helps avert new cerebrovascular events, say researchers

Treating patients who have had ischaemic stroke to a target LDL cholesterol level of 1.8mmol/L reduces their risk of vascular events compared with less intensive lipid-lowering, researchers say.

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French investigators in the Treat Stroke to Target trial compared outcomes among patients aiming for the low target with those from a control group given an LDL-C target of 2.6mmol/L.

Nearly 1250 patients with a recent ischaemic stroke or TIA were randomised to be treated to achieve either the higher or lower targets using statins and other lipid