Background: While hypertriglyceridemia is a known risk factor for developing CVD, whether it poses residual risk in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and established CVD is under-studied.

Methods: Using data from the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation 2 Diabetes (BARI 2D) trial, we examined 2,307 patients with T2DM and CVD to determine the association of baseline fasting triglyceride (TG) levels with MACE (time to CV death, myocardial infarction (MI), or stroke) or CV death over a mean follow-up of 5.0 years.

Results: At baseline, the mean fasting TG was 181 mg/dl with a median (Q1, Q3) of 148 (104, 219) mg/dl. Overall, 49.3% had TG≥ 150 mg/dl (N=1,167). Compared with those with TG<150 mg/dl, they were younger, more frequently Caucasian and with higher BMI. In unadjusted models, TGs were significantly associated with MACE and CV death (Table). This association did not remain after adjustment for multiple factors, including nonHDLc.

Conclusions: In this analysis of patients with T2DM and known CVD, TGs were relatively high and were associated with CV outcomes, but not when other risk factors were taken into account. Thus, while TGs are clearly a marker of those with residual high risk for CV events in T2DM, whether they specifically need to be lowered awaits well conducted clinical trials.


N. Pagidipati: Research Support; Self; Amarin Corporation, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Novo Nordisk A/S, Regenerative Medical Solutions, Sanofi. A. Navar: Advisory Panel; Self; AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk Inc. Research Support; Self; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Other Relationship; Self; Amarin Corporation, Amgen Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi. H. Mulder: None. D.M. Wojdyla: None. S. Philip: Employee; Self; Amarin Corporation. Stock/Shareholder; Self; Amarin Corporation. C.B. Granowitz: Employee; Self; Amarin Pharma Inc. Stock/Shareholder; Self; Amarin Pharma Inc.


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