April 15, 2009 --
Millions of people in the U.S. take statins for heart disease but the benefits appear to go even farther.Statins are a mainstay for millions of people with heart disease. But these cholesterol lowering drugs may also cut the risk of strokes by 21 percent.
Scientist reporting in the journal Neurology found that statins also slow the movement of blockages in the carotid artery carrying blood to the brain.
Previous individual trials have not always given a clear picture of the benefits of using statins in stroke prevention.