Spearheading the fight against cardiometabolic disease alongside cardiologists and cardiometabolic specialists are primary care physicians – integral members of the healthcare system. Leaders in population health management and preventative personalized patient care, PCPs play a vital role in improving outcomes and reducing mortality rates, ultimately contributing to the increased longevity and life expectancy seen in the population. Without the supervision of primary care physicians, patients are at risk for receiving diagnoses at later stages of illness, which can dramatically impact health outcomes and worsen complications.
In many cases, hypertriglyceridemia is multifactorial, resulting from a combination of genetic factors and other causes of increased triglyceride-rich lipoprotein production. It can also stem from a high calorie diet or uncontrolled diabetes – both risk factors affect a significant portion of the U.S. population today. Suffering from high triglyceride levels raises the risk of cardiometabolic conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetic neuropathy; it has also been linked to pancreatitis and fatty liver disease. Despite the known long-term complications, most cases of severe hypertriglyceridemia result from uncontrolled type 2 diabetes caused by a lack of routine monitoring after initial elevated triglyceride measurement.