This article reviews three recent studies about cholesterol lowering drugs and comes to this conclusion: "Cholesterol it seems is irrelevant to cardiovascular disease."
One of the studies cited even showed a slight increase in stroke risk in patients taking the cholesterol lowering drugs. Another study was stopped 18 months early due to the high numbers of heart attacks in the placebo group.
This raises an interesting question: is lowering lipids the right way to prevent heart disease? This article gives the counter intuitive advice to eat triglycerides to lower triglycerides. That has worked for me and others.
Hat tip: Dr. Michael Eades.