Clinical Pharmacology

 
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The division of clinical pharmacology is home to one of the oldest and most well-respected lipid clinics in the country. Our physicians, pharmacists and a licensed dietitian specialize in the prevention and treatment of conditions that can lead to atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, a major cause of heart disease.

Because high cholesterol is such a multifaceted condition, our team responds with a multidisciplinary approach. Our specialists focus on developing a treatment plan to meet your needs that integrates a tailored diet, exercise and pharmacotherapy regimen.

We focus on the treatment and prevention of a range of cholesterol-related conditions. Our board-certified physicians, pharmacists and licensed dietitians provide aggressive treatment plans for:

  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity

The most progressive treatment options

Our physicians are recognized for their expertise in identifying disease in patients who have no current symptoms. They are the region's most experienced physicians in performing a diagnostic procedure called carotid intima-media thickness (IMT). This ultrasound test identifies early-stage thickening in the carotid artery, identifying risks before atherosclerosis occurs. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and sudden death.

The University of Kansas Health System offers the only hospital in Kansas or Missouri performing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis therapy, a highly effective treatment that removes harmful "bad" cholesterol from the blood within 2 hours. This therapy is an option for those who haven’t been able to control their LDL cholesterol with medication and diet modification.

National research leaders

Patients benefit from advanced research with the opportunity to participate in clinical trials for weight loss, abnormal cholesterol levels, metabolic syndrome and hypertension.

All of our physicians are faculty members at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. As experts in their fields, they teach medical students and residents the most effective methods to prevent and treat coronary artery disease.

Our specialists have achieved worldwide recognition for their work in atherosclerosis (a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries, also known as hardening of the arteries) and hypercholesterolemia (high fat or lipid levels in blood, which can often lead to atherosclerosis), both of which are major contributors to heart disease.

Each year, we conduct a number of clinical trials for treatments not yet available to the general population. While all of our patients benefit from advanced research, many have the opportunity to participate directly in clinical trials for weight loss, abnormal cholesterol levels, metabolic syndrome and hypertension as well as in clinical studies of new investigational medications for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.