A promising new treatment for high triglycerides
When you think about fat circulating in the bloodstream, you might immediately think of cholesterol. But there’s another type of fat you shouldn’t ignore: triglycerides. As with cholesterol, high triglycerides can also increase the risk of having a heart attack. Existing drugs for lowering triglycerides aren’t that good at reducing heart attack risk. That’s why a report on a new way to lower triglycerides, published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, is generating some excitement among cardiologists. What are triglycerides? Triglycerides are a type of fat that circulates in the bloodstream. After you eat a snack or meal, your body breaks down the fats in the food, packages them with protein and cholesterol, and dumps them into the bloodstream. After an especially fatty meal, triglycerides can be so abundant that they give the blood a milky tint. Within a few hours after a meal, triglycerides have mostly cleared out of the bloodstream. The American Heart Association sets out four main categories of triglyceride levels: healthy: below 100 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) borderline high: 150 to 199 mg/dL high: 200 to 499 mg/dL very high: 500 mg/dL and above. “High” or “very high” levels of triglycerides are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. When the triglyceride level nears 1,000 mg/dL, individuals can develop pancreatitis, a serious inflammation of the pancreas, in addition to heart dis...
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We would like to thank Dr Larghi et al1 for the comments on our article.2 First, the technique adopted for EUS-guided radiofrequency ablation (EUS-RFA) of the celiac space was similar to that of EUS-guided celiac plexus neurolysis (EUS-CPN). The 1F RFA catheter was placed for energy administration in the same location where alcohol is injected at CPN. While maintaining the longitudinal view of the aorta, the echoendoscope was advanced toward the proximal part of the stomach until the takeoff of the celiac artery was identified.
Abdominal pain secondary to pancreatic cancer is common and can be debilitating.1 Long-term opioid therapy is associated with dose-related side effects, and alternative analgesic options for these patients are warranted. Endoscopic celiac plexus neurolysis (CPN) has been used since 1996 and can reduce pain, circumvent the side effects associated with long-term opioid therapy, and improve quality of life.2,3 Traditionally, although methods and needles vary, endoscopic CPN involves the destruction of the splanchnic nerves with the injection of dehydrated alcohol in and around the plexus.
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