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Is it possible that triglyceride levels got elevated due to consumption of alcohol before testing?

I had a high tryglyceride count (300) last blood check. Everything else was normal and I had a full panel. I do not have hypertension , but I am overweight and I do drink alcohol. My doctor advised me to avoid fatty foods. Is it also possible that my tryglycerides were elevated if I consumed alcohol the evening before the fasting blood test? In reading online I see that alcohol can be a contributing factor to elevated numbers. Should I be worried about a heart attack? I am 41 years old and on hormone replacement therapy . Thank you!
Asked On : Mon, 22 Oct 2012
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its true that consumption of alcohol prior to test will have effect in lipid level including triglyceride level also
Regarding your worry about having heart atteck , at present risk factor in your case is overweight , dyslipidaemia ( high triglyceride level other cholesterol level not mention ) alcohol intake
you have some risk factor to develop heart atteck in future
so reduce your weight , limit your alcohol intake , avoid fatty food and fruits like banans , also avoid ice cream , do regular walking.
to know probability of having heart atteck you can calculate by framingham risk score to have heart atteck in future , that will give you probability of developing heart attack in future
to calculate that you need to give some information like age , gender , systolic blood pressure , lipid level , smoking history etc.
take care
Answered: Wed, 24 Oct 2012
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