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Medical News & Perspectives
June 12, 2019

Cardiovascular Corner: Low Lipids, Metformin, and Plant-Based Diets

JAMA. 2019;322(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6544

This Medical News series offers an occasional roundup of developments in cardiovascular medicine.

Women’s stroke risk factors, a diabetes drug for heart disease, and a meta-analysis of diets made the news in recent months.

Very low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or low levels of triglycerides were associated with an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke among women in a prospective cohort study recently published in Neurology. Prior studies have linked low lipid levels to bleeding strokes, but sex-specific data haven’t been available until now.