Triglycerides are a different type of fat found in the bloodstream, the kind that results from unburned calories. Your body converts excess calories into triglycerides and stores them in fat cells. Burning more calories than you consume causes the release of hormones that oxidize triglycerides for energy. When high triglyceride levels combine with high LDL levels, fat deposits start sticking to inner arterial walls, leaving plaque that narrows the arteries and restricts blood flow. The risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack increases significantly when triglyceride and LDL levels are too high. Dietary changes, exercise, and medication can help reduce this risk by removing plaque and opening arteries.
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