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To evaluate triglyceride (TG) levels to assess cardiovascular disease risk and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
There are no activity or medication restrictions unless by medical direction. Instruct the patient to fast for 12 hr before specimen collection; fasting is required prior to measurement of TG levels. Ideally, the patient should be on a stable diet for 3 wk and avoid alcohol consumption for 3 days before specimen collection; alcohol increases TG levels. Protocols may vary among facilities.
|Classification||Conventional Units||SI Units (Conventional Units × 0.0113)|
|Normal||Less than 150 mg/dL||Less than 1.7 mmol/L|
|Borderline high||150–199 mg/dL||1.7–2.2 mmol/L|
|High||200–499 mg/dL||2.2–5.6 mmol/L|
|Very high||Greater than 500 mg/dL||Greater than 5.6 mmol/L|
Critical Findings and Potential Interventions
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Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Triglycerides." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425059/3/Triglycerides.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Triglycerides. Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425059/3/Triglycerides. Accessed November 15, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Triglycerides. In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425059/3/Triglycerides
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Triglycerides [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 November 15]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425059/3/Triglycerides.
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