If you think you may need to have apheresis treatment, talk to your lipid specialist at the hospital who helps to manage your cholesterol.
If you are thinking of setting up an apheresis unit and would like some help or advice please contact Alison Pottle, Nurse Consultant in Cardiology.
Lipid is the medical word for blood fats. Lipid clinics provide specialist support to people with raised blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) especially those people who are considered at high risk of cardiovascular disease.
The majority of lipid clinics take place in a hospital outpatient department and are run by a specialist, sometimes called a lipidologist, cardiologist or clinical biochemist.
You might be referred to a lipid clinic if:
- You are intolerant to statins and other cholesterol and triglyceride lowering treatments
- You do not achieve target lipid levels with statins or other lipid-lowering treatment
- You have, or your doctor thinks you may have inherited high cholesterol (such as familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) or familial combined hyperlipidaemia (FCH))
- You have a relative with FH or FCH and need to be screened
- You have children with FH
- You doctor is uncertain whether lipid-lowering medicines are right for you
- You may require apheresis – this is a procedure that filters out the LDL cholesterol from the blood and may be needed by a few people at very high risk
Clinic key: a blue marker represents a lipid clinic, a red marker represents LDL apheresis unit and a yellow marker represents both lipid clinic/LDL apheresis unit
If you know of, or work in a lipid clinic that is not listed here, please let HEART UK know. You can do this by calling us or by visiting our lipid clinic/LDL apheresis unit registration page