About the Procedure

What will happen during the procedure?

At University Hospitals, the procedure is performed under the supervision of cardiologists and lipidologists. A nurse will place an intravenous (IV) line into each of two large veins. The blood will be taken from one IV, filtered and then the blood will be returned to the patient via the second IV.

What will I feel?

There may be some minor discomfort at the IV site, but the procedure is not painful. It is normal to feel mildly fatigued during the day the procedure is performed.

How long does LDL apheresis take, and how often is LDL apheresis done?

The procedure generally takes two to three hours to complete and is usually performed once every two weeks.

What are the risks?

LDL apheresis is well tolerated by the majority of patients, with a low incidence of side effects, including low blood pressure and inability to obtain intravenous access, both occurring in less than 2 percent of patients.

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Office appointment with a cardiologist or vascular surgeon
216-844-3800 or
1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273)

Office appointment with a heart surgeon
216-844-4004

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