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Abstract      Background: Postprandial triglyceride levels (PPTG) in plasma is a better indicator of atherogenesis. One has to subject the patients to multiple times to draw the blood sample i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 hours after meal which is not only cumbersome but not feasible many time as patient may not be willing for such an investigation. Methods and Materials: Place of study was out patient department of Medicine, SVS Hospital, Mahabubnagar, Telangana State. Fifty cases of known ischemic heart disease (Group 1) and another 50 age and sex matched individuals (Group 2) were included in the present study. Blood withdrawn was analyzed for blood sugar, blood urea, serum creatinine, serum lipid profile. Blood drawn after 2 hours was tested for blood sugar and lipid profile; later on the lipid profile was tested after 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 hours. Observations: The present study reveals there has been an elevation in plasma TG following normal meals in both groups though diseased group demonstrated a significantly high rise in PPTG levels. The rise was noted mainly up to 4 or 6 post prandial period; later there was a decline in the levels. Summary and conclusions: 1) The present study demonstrated an elevated PPTG levels were associated with CAD. 2) 4 hours after meals can safely be considered as PPTG levels for all practical methods as it avoids multiple blood drawings to the fussy patients and can performed an OPD (outpatient department) procedure.

Keywords: CAD, Triglycerides, PPTG, Risk factor.


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