Cholesterol Cleaner


Cholesterol Cleaner


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People who have abnormally high cholesterol levels are treated with medication, a healthy diet and regular exercise to bring their cholesterol down. But for a rare group of individuals, these standard treatments do not work. Now, a new life-saving therapy at Emory can actually wash away the bad cholesterol in these people and return cholesterol levels to normal. Background People who have abnormally high cholesterol levels are treated with medication, a healthy diet and regular exercise to bring their cholesterol down. But for a rare group of individuals, these standard treatments do not work. One in 1000 to one in 10,000 individuals inherits a gene for unusually high cholesterol called familial hypercholesterolemia. Now, a new life-saving therapy at Emory can actually wash away the bad cholesterol in these people and return cholesterol levels to normal. The therapy is the first of its kind in Georgia. This VNR features a patient who tried for years to lower her cholesterol through all of the normal means, but was unsuccessful -- until she tried LDL-apheresis. The so-called "cholesterol cleaner"cleans out the bad cholesterol from the blood. But this treatment isn't for everyone who has modestly elevated cholesterol levels. Soundbites include: Dr. Laurence Sperling, Co-director of the Apheresis Program at Emory and Peggy Vardeman, Patient. More Information Emory Offers New Therapy for Extremely High Cholesterol http://whsc.emory.edu/press_releases2.cfm?announcement_id_seq=360


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