LDL apheresis at Loyola helps patients with exceptionally high cholesterol

News Archive April 23, 2013

LDL apheresis at Loyola helps patients with exceptionally high cholesterol

Dr. Binh An Phan and Dr. Phillip DeChristopher, co-directors of Loyola's LDL Apheresis Program, explain how some people are born with a genetic disorder that leads to very high cholesterol levels.

Even with a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and exercise, these people still maintain high cholesterol levels. And medication doesn't make a significant impact. The average population has cholesterol levels around 130 but these patients often are in the 700-800 range. They start developing heart disease in their 20s, 30s and 40s. LDL Apheresis is a device that removes the excess cholesterol in a process that separates the blood and traps the cholesterol. It is a process much like dialysis. This procedure usually is necessary every two weeks. This helps our patients live a better life and curbs the risk of heart attacks.

For more information about Loyola's Preventive Cardiology and Lipid Program or to make an appointment to be evaluated for this procedure, please call (708) 327-2784. To schedule appointments with another physician, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

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