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Date:11/10/2009

ar with non-HDL cholesterol as with directly measured LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

Finally, measuring for triglyceride blood fats "provides no additional information about vascular risk given knowledge of HDL-C and total cholesterol levels, although there may be separate reasons to measure triglyceride concentration (e.g., prevention of pancreatitis)," according to the report in the Nov. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"The current analysis of more than 300,000 people has demonstrated that [blood fat] assessment in vascular disease can be simplified by measurement of either cholesterol levels or apolipoproteins without the need to fast and without regard to triglyceride," the researchers concluded.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about heart and vascular diseases.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, Nov. 10, 2009


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