My question is whether triglyceride levels in the 'high' range (200-500 mg/dl) are a risk factor for heart disease.
There are different lipids in blood and high LDL cholesterol level in blood needs to be brought down to prevent heart disease (primary prevention) as well as its complications (secondary prevention).
Triglyceride is another type of lipid in the blood (normal level <150 mg/dl; 150-200 mg/dl is borderline high). Reference: http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/lowering-triglyceride-levels
'Very high' triglyceride levels (>500 mg/dl) are associated with risk of pancreatitis and hence they need to be brought down with medication.
Also, should medication be used to bring them down for primary prevention of heart disease for people without heart disease?
Thanks for your replies.