Fter stroke than before, LDL cholesterol was 0.7 mmol/l lower, BMI was 0.3 kg/m2 lower, and there was a reduction in the proportion of active smokers of 5 and excessive drinkers of 4 . There was also evidence of a declining secular trend in values for systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as for total and LDL cholesterol. Tests for trend gave P values of 0.004 or smaller for each of thes