Statins could increase risk of stroke for some

January 11, 2011 2:09:15 PM PST
Although statins are commonly used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, they could actually increase the risk of stroke in certain patients.

A new report says people who have a type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain should avoid the cholesterol lowering medication. The study says this is especially true for people who had strokes in one of the brain's four lobes. These tend to occur more frequently than strokes that happen deep in the brain.

There's more on this report in the "Archives of Neurology."