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Heart and cardiology

Cardiology-related clinical indications

Heart indications

In the field of cardiology, therapeutic apheresis techniques can be used to treat some very challenging and important clinical indications. For some indications, the efficacy of therapeutic apheresis is already well established; for others, studies are currently underway. By far the most extensive experience has been gained using lipoprotein apheresis. Meanwhile, the use of immunoadsorption to treat dilatative cardiomyopathy remains a prominent topic. A new indication is the reduction of C-reactive protein after myocardial infarction. Fresenius Medical Care is working on this area in partnership with the Berlin-based company Pentracor.


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