Greater decreases in cholesterol levels among individuals with high cardiovascular risk than among the general population: the northern Sweden MONICA study 1994 to 2014

Marie Eriksson, Ann-Sofi Forslund, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Stefan Söderberg, Maria Wennberg, Mats Eliasson
  • European Heart Journal, March 2016, European Society of Cardiology
  • DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehw052

Lower cholesterol kostly due to lifestyle changes in northern Sweden

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High blood levels of the lipid cholesterol is the most important cuase of myocardial infarction. We found that these levels decreased markedly in the population of northern Sweden over 20 years. ALthough the use of lipid-lowering agents (statins) did contribute to one third of the decrease, the rest must be due to changes in lifestyle, mostly through a diet with less saturated animal fats.

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