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LDL Apheresis Treatment

When a normal treatment regimen doesn't work 

Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attack and coronary artery disease, while improving vascular function. Most patients with high cholesterol can manage their levels with a combination of diet, exercise and medication.

For many reasons, some patients with dangerously high cholesterol, however, do not respond to these treatments. LDL apheresis may be the best option for these patients.

What is LDL Apheresis?

Low density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis is an alternative treatment that has proven to be both safe and effective.

LDL apheresis targets the "bad" cholesterol. A patient's blood and plasma are separated; the plasma is then "cleaned" of bad cholesterol and both blood and plasma are returned to the patient.

Research shows that LDL apheresis can reduce LDL cholesterol by up to 80% and help patients avoid a heart attack and stroke.

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The only place for treatment in Colorado

University of Colorado Hospital now has the first and only LDL apheresis program in the state, providing the ultimate treatment for many patients who have no other alternative.

Our multi-disciplinary team of experts from the departments of Cardiology and Endocrinology is experienced in LDL apheresis and is well-equipped to handle patients in need of the procedure.

Dr. Robert Eckel Dr. James Falko Dr. Allian-Sauer
Robert Eckel, MD James Falko, MD Marybeth Allian-Sauer, MD

For consultations

To find out more information or to set up an appointment for a Lipid Management consultation, please contact Ana Tandberg, RN, at (720) 848-6515 or