|J. Antonio G. López, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FNLA
Saint Alphonsus is proud to introduce the only LDL Apheresis treatment for Familial Hyperlipidemia in Idaho – serving our mission in providing the most advanced medical technology to Boise and the surrounding communities.
Why LDL Apheresis?
Most patients with hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, can be treated using a combination of diet, exercise, and medications. However, some patients -- with dangerously high cholesterol levels -- do not respond to strong cholesterol lowering medication treatments placing them at greater risk for heart attack and stroke.
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center's LDL Apheresis Program will provide the much needed treatment for patients who, until recently, have not had other treatment options or alternatives.
What is LDL?
LDL, or low density lipoprotein, refers to what is known as the "bad" cholesterol. The LDL apheresis procedure removes LDL from the blood. An intravenous (IV) line is inserted into each arm. Blood is continually removed from a patient's vein and runs through a machine that separates out the plasma (the yellow-liquid component of blood in which blood cells are suspended). While the rest of the blood is passed back to the patient through a different vein, the plasma is run through another part of the machine removing the LDL in the plasma. Thus, the blood is "cleaned" of the bad cholesterol.
The results of this procedure can dramatically reduce the LDL levels (by 73 to 83%) and help the patient avoid heart attack and stroke. The procedure takes about two to four hours and must be repeated every two to three weeks.
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center has a multi-disciplinary team of experts, including:
- Clinical Lipidologist
- Specialized Nurses
- Nutrition Services
- Laboratory Technicians
For more information please call the Lipid Clinic at 208-367-8880.