Cholesterol levels in women can't shed light on risk for strokes

February 21, 2011 3:59:13 PM PST
A woman's cholesterol level will not predict her risk for stroke.

That's the surprising finding from a report in the Annals of Neurology.

It also found that cholesterol did detect an increased risk in men but only when cholesterol was at almost twice the average level.

The report recommends using a different type of fat in the blood called nonfasting triglycerides to measure the risk.

The Stroke Association says that triglyceride testing needs to become routine to reduce the risk of stroke.