The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Low cholesterol levels lead to a 20.2% increase in death rates in those who have had a stroke

This study was published in the European Journal of Neurology 2011 Dec 5

Study title and authors:
Serum cholesterol levels and survival after rtPA treatment in acute stroke.
Roquer J, Cuadrado-Godia E, Rodríguez-Campello A, Jiménez-Conde J, Martínez-Rodríguez JE, Giralt E, Ois A.Servei de Neurologia, Hospital del Mar, Parc de Salut Mar-IMIM, Barcelona Grup de Recerca Neurovascular, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

This study can be accessed at:

The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of cholesterol levels on 3-month mortality in 220 patients with ischaemic stroke treated with intravenous rtPA (to breakdown blood clots) and admitted to a monitored acute stroke unit.

The study found that those with the lowest cholesterol had a 20.2% higher death rate at 3 months compared to those with the highest cholesterol.