Ischemic heart disease and plasmapheresis for cholesterol

  • I. Richichi


Risk factors influence growth factors of the atheromatous plaque. LDL hypercholesterolemia is a very important growth factor, and it has to be eliminated in order to arrest plaque evolution. Theoretically plaque regression can be achieved only with the reduction of total blood cholesterol below 150 mg/dl. To obtain such level plasmapheresis should be added to pharmacological treatment which alone would be insufficient. There are various methods of cholesterol plasmapheresis but the most commonly used ones remain: cascade filtration and plasmapheresis with dextran sulphate.


Atheromatous Plaque Dextran Sulphate Plaque Regression Important Growth Factor Total Blood Cholesterol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Richichi
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  1. 1.Cardiovascular Prevention CenterPoliclinico S. MatteoPaviaItaly

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