Hyperlipemia and Atheromatosis in a Hibernator, Citellus columbianus
Ground squirrels occasionally show extreme hyperlipemia. Triglycerides predominate, but high levels of cholesterol and phospholipids also occur. Evidence is presented indicating that the hyperlipemia results from periods of dietary caloric excess. During hibernation the triglyceride levels are low. Atheromata were found in the aorta and endocardium in those animals with the highest cholesterol levels.
- Received June 18, 1954.
- © 1954 American Heart Association, Inc.