MUSC Heart & Vascular Center

Heart and Vascular Center

Statin Intolerance Clinic

The Medical University of South Carolina has taken the lead in the effort to promote cardiovascular health and heart disease prevention with the development of a comprehensive multispecialty program designed to give at risk individuals the skills and know-how necessary to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Treatment options at the MUSC Statin Intolerance Clinic include intensive nutrition counseling tailored to the patient’s specific lipid disorder, evidence-based use of supplements for non-prescription lowering of LDL-C (such as phytosterols/stanols), use of cholesterol-absorption inhibitors, alternative statin dosing strategies, and low-dose multi-drug regimens. In addition, the MUSC LDL Apheresis Program offers an alternative for patients with severe elevations of LDL-C and known CVD. Investigational medications are also available by participation in one of the currently enrolling clinical trials (such as mipomersen, an injectable inhibitor of apo-B synthesis).

Eligible Patients

  • Patients with family history of heart attack, stroke, sudden death or heart failure
  • Abnormal cholesterol (low HDL, High LDL and TG, suspicion of familial hypercholesterolemia)
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • History of tobacco use or current use
  • Poor dietary eating habits
  • Overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Personal history of heart or vascular disease
  • Statin intolerant

  
Referral Information for Physicians

  • For consultation or referrals call scheduling at 843-792-1952. Office: 876-4793
  • Fax written referrals to 843-876-4809

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