Harvard Health Letter

Triglycerides may predict stroke

This lipid plays a bigger part than you realize.

The strongest predictors of a woman's stroke risk may be the most over-looked lipids in your cholesterol profile, according to a new study published online Feb. 2, 2012, in the journal Stroke.

Scientists looked at more than 900 post-menopausal women and found that those with the highest levels of triglycerides were 56% more likely to have an ischemic stroke (the type due to blood vessel blockage) as those with the lowest levels.

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