High Triglycerides

( Triglycerides, High; Hypertriglyceridemia; Hyperlipidemia; Dyslipidemia)

Definition

Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fat exists in food and in the body When triglyceride levels are high, it can be associated with coronary artery disease and stroke.

Causes

Causes may include:
  • Excess triglyceride production in the body, usually related to genetics
  • Excess ingestion of triglycerides from food sources
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver disease

Risk Factors

It is more common for older adults, especially men, to have high triglycerides. Facters that may increase your risk of high triglycerides include:

Symptoms

High triglyceride levels usually do not cause symptoms. Very high levels of triglycerides can cause:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting—associated with acute pancreatitis
Elevated triglyceride levels can increase your risk of atherosclerosis . This is a dangerous hardening of the arteries. It can end up blocking blood flow. In some cases, this may result in:
Blood Vessel with Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis
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