March 2002 Issue
High triglycerides are an independent risk factor for stroke, say Israeli researchers, who followed 11,177 men and women with heart disease for six to eight years. After adjusting for other risk factors, those with blood triglyceride levels above 200 had a 27% increased risk of stroke compared to those with lower levels. High triglyceride levels may directly contribute to blocked arteries and have also been linked to abnormalities in blood clotting.
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