Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: What should I do about high triglycerides?

Q. On my last blood test, my triglycerides were 280. Should I be worried about that? My doctor wants me to start taking something called Lopid. Is there another solution?

A. Under the current national cholesterol guidelines, fasting triglycerides should be under 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). Your level is almost twice that, and well into the high triglycerides category, which begins at 200 mg/dL.

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