Do you remember the number that she came in with and what she leaves with after her procedure?
Dr. Sanchez: Her LDL when she started the procedure was in the 300s and at the end of each procedure her LDL is less than 70, which is her goal for having heart disease. She comes every 2 weeks and after 2 weeks her cholesterol is back up in the 200s.
Can you tell a difference physically when they come in and after?
Dr. Sanchez: Most people can’t feel high cholesterol. There are some studies that have shown that doing LDL apheresis will increase ability to do special exercise tests.
Is there any risk to this?
Dr. Sanchez: It is a procedure and so there are some risks associated. Overall it is well tolerated, but the most common side effect would be low blood pressure.
Is it worth the trouble if it is just going to spike back up?
Dr. Sanchez: Even though the liver will continue to generate cholesterol and after a procedure the cholesterol will be low but then in 2 weeks it will be high, over time the average cholesterol level will be low. We know that anything that can bring LDL cholesterol down is beneficial to the heart no matter how you bring it down; whether it is with diet, medications, or this procedure.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Amber Sanchez, MD
The UCSD Apheresis Unit number: (619)543-5977