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Triglyceride levels increase heart disease risk

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Heart attacks are twice as likely as normal in men with blood triglyceride levels over 400mg/dl, according to an eight-year Danish study of 2900 subjects. Triglyceride risk factor is independent of total cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, said the researchers in the 23 March issue of Circulation. Even high HDL levels - believed to protect against ischaemic heart disease - did not alter the increasing risk associated with high triglyceride levels, and risks were up even at the low level of 142mg/dL, say the Copenhagen University Hospital team.

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