Stopping statins after stroke may increase second-stroke risk

August 2, 2017
By Andrew M. Seaman

Stopping cholesterol-lowering drugs soon after a stroke may increase the risk of a second stroke, according to a new study from Thailand.

The new results jibe with previous research, said Dr. Joshua Willey, who is a specialist in vascular neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

"This would argue even in the short term - even in the first year - stopping medication could have a potential harms," said Willey, who was not involved with the new study.  [read more]