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Incidence, predictors and patterns of care of patients with very severe hypertriglyceridemia in Ontario, Canada: a population-based cohort study

Berberich AJ, Ouédraogo AM, Shariff SZ, Hegele RA, Clemens KK. Lipids Health Dis. 2021; 20(1):98. Epub 2021 Sep 3. DOI:

Background — The incidence of severe (S-HTG) and very severe hypertriglyceridemia (VS-HTG) among Canadians is unknown. This study aimed to determine the incidence, characteristics, predictors and care patterns for individuals with VS-HTG.

Methods — Using linked administrative healthcare databases, a population-based cohort study of Ontario adults was conducted to determine incidence of new onset S-HTG (serum triglycerides (TG) > 10-20 mmol/L) and VS-HTG (TG > 20 mmol/L) between 2010 and 2015. Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of those with VS-HTG were compared to those who had no measured TG value > 3 mmol/L. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression were used to determine predictors for VS-HTG. Healthcare patterns were evaluated for 2 years following first incidence of TG > 20 mmol/L.

Results — Incidence of S-HTG and VS-HTG in Ontario was 0.16 and 0.027% among 10,766,770 adults ≥18 years and 0.25 and 0.041% among 7,040,865 adults with at least one measured TG, respectively. Predictors of VS-HTG included younger age [odds ratios (OR) 0.64/decade, 95% confidence intervals (CI) 0.62-0.66], male sex (OR 3.83; 95% CI 3.5-4.1), diabetes (OR 5.38; 95% CI 4.93-5.88), hypertension (OR 1.69; 95% CI 1.54-1.86), chronic liver disease (OR 1.71; 95% CI 1.48-1.97), alcohol abuse (OR 2.47; 95% CI 1.90-3.19), obesity (OR 1.49; 95% CI 1.13-1.98), and chronic kidney disease (OR 1.39; 95% CI 1.19-1.63).

Conclusion — The 5-year incidence of S-HTG and VS-HTG in Canadian adults was 1 in 400 and 1 in 2500, respectively. Males, those with diabetes, obese individuals and those with alcohol abuse are at highest risk for VS-HTG and may benefit from increased surveillance.

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