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November 1996 Issue

"Average" Cholesterol May Be Too High

Most people with heart disease have average, not high, blood cholesterol levels -- below 240. Can they still benefit from lower cholesterol? Yes, says a new study. More specifically, those who have had a heart attack can cut the risk of a subsequent heart attack by 24% and the risk of stroke by 31%. Those were the impressive results of five years of research on 4,159 men and women. Half took a cholesterol-lowering

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