Is there such thing as too little ‘bad cholesterol?’

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LDL cholesterol, or so-called “bad cholesterol,” causes blockages in our blood vessels leading to heart attacks and ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke.

Depending on your prior history and risk of heart disease, your doctor might recommend taking action to lower your cholesterol.

But before you try to get your LDL as low as it can possibly be, you should know that bad cholesterol could potentially be too low.

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In a large study, members of the American Academy of Neurology found that women with the lowest LDL were more than twice as likely to have a hemorrhagic or bleeding stroke, a less common but more deadly type of stroke.

These findings applied to primarily white women ages 45 and older who had LDL levels below 70 mg/dl, so be sure to speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits before starting or stopping any medications. 

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