Table 7.

Treatment Guidelines for Hypertriglyceridemia.

  • Initiate therapeutic lifestyle changes (weight loss/exercise) first

  • Reduce triglyceride level to less than 500 mg/dL to prevent pancreatitis

  • Primary aim of medical therapy is to reach LDL* goal

  • Secondary aim of therapy is to reach non-HDL goal

  • In patients with CHD or CHD risk equivalents, tertiary aim of therapy is to reach HDL goal.

  • * LDL, low-density lipoprotein; HDL, high-density lipoprotein; CHD, coronary heart.