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February 1997 Issue

Low HDL's Raise Risk for Common Type of Stroke

A new study from Israel suggests that high blood levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL's), the "good" cholesterol long known to protect against heart disease, may also protect against death from ischemic stroke—the most common kind of stroke, which is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. Researchers examined blood lipid levels in over 8,000 men, age 42 or older. At the end of the study, 21 years later, they found that those

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