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Lipid Disorders Treatment Information
In addition to counseling on lifestyle changes, we offer a variety of treatment options to bring your lipid disorder under control. They include:
- Lipid-lowering medicines. A variety of medicines can reduce your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides, and some also raise your HDL (“good”) cholesterol. You may need to take two or more medicines to treat your lipid disorder. Options include statins, selective cholesterol absorption inhibitors, bile acid sequestrants and nicotinic acid. These medicines work in different ways and affect specific lipids. We work with you to develop a medicine plan based on your lipid levels and overall needs. At times, we prescribe “orphan” drugs that have received special U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for treatment of a rare inherited lipid disorder. You may also need treatment for any underlying conditions that are contributing to high cholesterol.
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis. This procedure takes blood from the body, removes LDL cholesterol and returns the blood in a process resembling dialysis. We use LDL apheresis in certain patients if diet and lipid-lowering medicines do not lower very high LDL levels to a healthier range. You typically receive this treatment every two weeks for two to three hours. During treatment, we place an intravenous (IV) line into each of your arms. One session removes 60 percent or more of the LDL from your blood, and it may also clear other particles that pose a risk to your cardiovascular health. Your body continues to produce LDL, but medicine and a healthy diet help control the level until your next apheresis session.
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Lipid Disorders Support Services
Resources for patients with lipid disorders are available at these websites:
A Sampling of Lipid Disorders Support Services
American Heart Association
This nonprofit group provides information on many aspects of lipid disorders.
Society for Vascular Surgery
This professional society explains the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of high lipid levels.