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Heart Attack Risk Falls 74% With Cholesterol Levels in U.K.

Lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels helped cut the risk of having a heart attack in the U.K. by 74 percent over two decades, though rising obesity rates may undermine that progress, researchers said.

A decline in smoking rates also contributed to the lower risk, according to a study of almost 10,000 civil servants. The findings of the researchers from University College London Medical School were published today in the European Heart Journal.