Causal associations of blood lipids with risk of ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage in Chinese adults.

Journal Article

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and accounts for >2 million deaths annually in China1,2. Ischemic stroke (IS) and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) account for an equal number of deaths in China, despite a fourfold greater incidence of IS1,2. Stroke incidence and ICH proportion are higher in China than in Western populations3-5, despite having a lower mean low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentration. Observational studies reported weaker positive associations of LDL-C with IS than with coronary heart disease (CHD)6,7, but LDL-C-lowering trials demonstrated similar risk reductions for IS and CHD8-10. Mendelian randomization studies of LDL-C and IS have reported conflicting results11-13, and concerns about the excess risks of ICH associated with lowering LDL-C14,15 may have prevented the more widespread use of statins in China. We examined the associations of biochemically measured lipids with stroke in a nested case-control study in the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB) and compared the risks for both stroke types associated with equivalent differences in LDL-C in Mendelian randomization analyses. The results demonstrated positive associations of LDL-C with IS and equally strong inverse associations with ICH, which were confirmed by genetic analyses and LDL-C-lowering trials. Lowering LDL-C is still likely to have net benefit for the prevention of overall stroke and cardiovascular disease in China.

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Cited Authors

  • Sun, L; Clarke, R; Bennett, D; Guo, Y; Walters, RG; Hill, M; Parish, S; Millwood, IY; Bian, Z; Chen, Y; Yu, C; Lv, J; Collins, R; Chen, J; Peto, R; Li, L; Chen, Z; China Kadoorie Biobank Collaborative Group, ; International Steering Committee, ; International Co-ordinating Centre, Oxford, ; National Co-ordinating Centre, Beijing, ; Regional Co-ordinating Centres,

Published Date

  • April 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 569 - 574

PubMed ID

  • 30858617

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30858617

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-170X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41591-019-0366-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States