Apart from an inflamed pancreas, metabolic syndrome and other associated diseases, high triglyceride levels are equally associated with fatal heart disease for most people. See, triglycerides are fats and they are found in the blood and in what we eat. It is said that these substances are one of the best markers that determines how healthy the heart and its coronary functions are.
Your physician may suggest to check your triglyceride level to know whether you have normal to elevated values. If your test shows that your total blood cholesterol levels are within the appropriate 150 to 200 mg/dl mark, then consider yourself safe. Yet if it’s extremely high, it can indicate health risks and additional complications.
Though it’s not apparent as to what degree high levels of triglyceride alone can be a risk to developing heart problems, it’s considered the cause of most heart attacks when combined with high LDL levels. What happens is that when too much cholesterols end up in the blood and stays there indefinitely, they can accumulate and stick to the walls for instance. For coronary blood arteries – blood vessels that supply blood to the heart – and veins, this can mean restricted blood flow and hence, reduced oxygen to the heart; abnormal widening of the blood vessels; and greater risk of blood clots. A reduced blood supply can lead to tissue death around and near the affected area and this can potentially affect the heart’s rhythm, causing it to beat slowly and die. This is known as coronary heart disease. To prevent this outcome, there are several treatments available for you with the end goal of getting the level down. They may involve becoming physically active and losing weight, maintaining a diet program or taking prescribed medications to lower the level etc.