Bad cholesterol far more famous as a cause of heart disease. But not many people know that triglycerides or blood fats, play a major role in the occurrence of stroke.
Some experts even mention that the triglyceride reading is very important to know a person’s risk of stroke compared to the reading levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).
In a study of 774 adults aged woman who suffered a stroke for more than 8 years. They were compared with women who come from the same racial and age but not stroke. In general, a quarter of the women had high levels of triglycerides. And 56 percent of stroke compared with a quarter of women are lower triglyceride levels.
High Triglycerides Cause Stroke
Indeed, it does not cause directly. But the relation appears after the researchers accounted for other stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The American Heart Association (AHA) also declared that the value of high triglycerides as a risk factor for stroke.
According to the AHA, triglyceride levels of 150-199 milligrams per deciliter (mg / dL) as an upper threshold and triglycerides above 200 mg / dL as high.
Some other risk factors are intermediate density lipoprotein (IDL) and very low density lipoprotein (VLDL). Which indicates the size of the fat particles in blood. Women who have large VLDL particles tend to be more at risk of stroke.
“Traditional measurements such as just assessing LDL now no longer enough to know the risk of stroke,” said Dr.Jeffrey S.Berger, of New York University Medical Center. However he added that not everyone needs to know the levels of VLDL or IDL, although there are also doctors who checked it out.