Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation blood level Treatment diet drugs questions for doctor specialist Home Care diet Outlook Complications Underlying Cause

Triglycerides Elevated Evaluation

The evaluation of high triglycerides begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with high triglycerides may include:

  • Small fatty tumors on the skin surface.

Testing for triglycerides requires additional blood tests that measure the levels of cholesterol.

Tests that may be used to evaluate high triglycerides include:

Triglycerides Elevated Blood Level

An ideal triglyceride level is less than 100 mg/dL. High triglyceride levels increase the risk for heart disease. In children, triglyceride levels are usually less than 100 mg/dL.

Adult Triglyceride LevelClassification
Less than 150 mg/dlNormal
150 to 199 mg/dlBorderline high
200 to 499 mg/dlHigh
500 and higher mg/dlVery high

Continue to Triglycerides Elevated Treatment

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Triglycerides Elevated References
  1. Breuer HW. Hypertriglyceridemia: a review of clinical relevance and treatment options: focus on cerivastatin. Curr Med Res Opin. 2001;17(1):60-73. [11464448]
  2. James JS. New guidelines for avoiding heart disease by managing high cholesterol, triglycerides, or related problems in HIV. AIDS Treat News. 2003 Sep 12;(394):8. [14669731]
  3. Kwiterovich PO Jr. The metabolic pathways of high-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein, and triglycerides: a current review. Am J Cardiol. 2000 Dec 21;86(12A):5L-10L. [1137485]
  4. Rapp RJ. Hypertriglyceridemia: a review beyond low-density lipoprotein. Cardiol Rev. 2002 May-Jun;10(3):163-72. [12047794]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.