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Heart & Vascular Institute

Preventive Cardiology & Apheresis Clinic

Preventive Cardiology and
Lipid Apheresis Clinic

The preventive cardiology clinic at Lancaster General Health helps people of all ages lower their risk of cardiovascular disease by managing risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugars, obesity and smoking.


In addition, we are one of only a few private practices in the nation to offer on-site lipid apheresis treatment for people with extremely high cholesterol levels who do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, cholesterol-lowering drugs. The treatment works by passing the patient’s blood through columns that absorb LDL cholesterol. By providing this service in our offices, we provide a comfortable and relaxed alternative to a hospital setting.


Our team meets with patients one-on-one and also schedules shared medical appointments, which enable patients to spend more time with their medical provider. Shared medical appointments offer all the same services as a regular appointment, with the added benefit of allowing patients to learn from the questions and comments of others.

Preventive Cardiology and Apheresis Clinic Team

  • Dr. Rolf L. Andersen
  • Dr. Joseluis Ibarra
  • Dr. Christopher Wenger
  • Tina Davis, CRNP
  • Joette Hughes, CRNP
  • Ara Kapterian, CRNP
  • Elena Bigler, RN
  • Lisa Huber, RN
  • Stacy Boyer, LPN


  • Cholesterol management and advanced cholesterol testing
  • Specialized in helping patients take cholesterol medications who have otherwise been intolerant of them
  • Familial hypercholesterolemia counseling 
  • Lipid apheresis treatment
  • Risk assessment testing [calcium score, hs-CRP, lipoprotein (a)]
  • Risk-factor education
  • Risk-factor assessment for heart and blood vessel disease
  • Lifestyle modification, including exercise and nutrition
  • Screening program

Learn more about cholesterol, hyperlipidemia, and lipid apheresis at the American Heart Association website and the American College of Cardiology.

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