Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that patients who were taking statins before a stroke experienced better outcomes and recovery than patients who weren’t on the drug, even when their cholesterol levels were ideal. That finding is reported in the current issue of the Journal of Stoke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.
“We were trying to determine if the daily use of statins had more of an impact on stroke patients than simply lowering their “bad” cholesterol,” explains lead researcher Latha Stead, M.D. “We already knew statin use improved outcomes in general, so we focused on the patients who had optimal LDL (low-density lipid) levels and found it still had quite significant value.”
Statins or reductase inhibitors are enzymes that are widely used to iimprove cardiovascular healath and, more recently, for certain vascular conditions in the brain. One use has been to lower the level of LDL which can contribute to arterial blockages.
Below is a link to an edited youtube video with Dr. Decker.