Why Knowing Your Triglyceride Number Matters
Many of us can rattle off our latest cholesterol number at the drop of a hat. Keeping an eye on your cholesterol is important but there's another number you also should have memorized - your triglycerides. However, if asked about our triglyceride number, most of us have little to know idea what it is. That's too bad because our triglyceride number reveals quite a bit of how healthy we are or not. The good news is there are many steps we can take to get it in a healthier range starting today. What are triglycerides? Triglycerides (TG) are the most common type of fat in the body and are an important measure of heart health. TGs come from certain foods and they are also produced naturally in the body by the liver. When you eat, calories that are not used as energy are converted into TGs and stored as fat. Eating more calories than we need or what we burn, can lead to high triglycerides known as hypertriglyceridemia. What's the difference between TGs and cholesterol? TGs and cholesterol both circulate throughout your body in your bloodstream but are separate types of fat. TGs take calories that have not been used and will store those calories to provide your body with energy. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in all cells of the body. It is used to make some hormones, vitamin D, and substances that digest our food. Why do high triglycerides matter? A high triglyceride level may contribute to atherosclerosis or thickening of the artery walls which increases the...
Diplomates of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) who plan to participate in the 10-Year Milestone for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process as Certified-Active must hold a currently valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine. Diplomates must have privileges at a hospital(s) accredited by the JCAHO or other institutions judged acceptable by the Board. Diplomates must also submit letter(s) of reference documenting their level of clinical activity and stature within the surgical community from the VP of Medical Affairs and one other re sponsible member on staff at their principal hospital.
The American Board of Thoracic Surgery's Maintenance of Certification program was adopted 9 years ago. Since that time, there has been a continuous evaluation in the Board's thinking about the overall process, based upon internal discussions and input from our Diplomates.
The WTSA is now accepting Applications for Membership online for Active as well as Candidate membership status for the 2020 membership cycle. Visit the WTSA Web site at www.westernthoracic.org to read the complete membership eligibility requirements and to initiate an online application.
The AATS Foundation is a vital part of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery ’s mission, providing a significant impact on a broad number of individuals by training the leaders of the future. Your support is critical to enhancing the skills and knowledge of the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons throughout the world and continuing the advancement of global innovat ion in the specialty. Please make a gift to the AATS Foundation today. Donating to an AATS Foundation program helps to fulfill the mission of supporting cardiothoracic surgeons in research and education.
Readers who found these articles interesting may also like to read these papers that can be found in recent issues of our sister publications, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Re: Yang CJ, Kumar A, Gulack BC, Mulvihill MS, Hartwig MG, Wang X, et al. Long-term outcomes after lobectomy for non–small cell lung cancer when unsuspected pN2 disease is found: A National Cancer Data Base analysis. J Thoracic Cardiovasc Surg. 2016;151:1380-8.
Dr M. Jacobs (Baltimore, Md). The Norwood procedure, the most commonly performed open operation in the neonatal age group, was developed approximately 40 years ago by Dr William Norwood. This operation has probably been the subject of as many or more investigations or reports than any other operation for congenital heart disease, yet Dr Mascio and colleagues stated accurately in their article that the principles of the Norwood operation remain esse ntially the same today as when Norwood first conceived it.