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Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?

Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?

No: Chelation therapy is not a part of the therapy behind atherosclerosis when you have blocked arteries. When you do have a blockage, you need to mechanically reduce the obstruction. That can be done through angioplasty and potentially putting a stent in to keep that artery open. Subsequently one should be on cholesterol lowering medicine to prevent this from occuring again. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Chelation (Definition)

Chelation is the name for administering a substance to remove heavy metals from the body. It can be an important treatment for lead poisoning or iron overload. It is also touted by some for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, based on the idea that these children may have toxicity from mercury or other heavy metals. However, there is little evidence to support this hypothesis. Chelation agents bind metals nonspecifically and may result in dangerously low levels of calcium, iron, and magnesium, in addition to toxic heavy metals. Thus, ...Read more


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Is there a treatment in form of medicine available to better circulation in lower legs apart from angioplasty and byass.Can nerve damage be reveresed?

Is there a treatment in form of medicine available to better circulation in lower legs apart from angioplasty and byass.Can nerve damage be reveresed?

Spinal Cord: A spinal cord stimulator has been shown to improve circulation. It is done regularly in Europe. It is approved in United States but most surgeons won't refer a patient for it. Can nerve damage be reversed. A nerve regrows for up to a year. Whatever damage remains after a year is unlikely to improve. ...Read more

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Can stent be used to open 100% blockage in an artery such as LAD during cardiac catheterization procedure . Cons and pros please. Thank.

Can stent be used to open 100% blockage in an artery such as LAD during cardiac catheterization procedure . Cons and pros please. Thank.

Yes, if needed: Total blockage may occur suddenly - this is what causes a heart attack. Then the goal of the procedure is to get the blocked artery open asap (<90min) to save otherwise dying heart muscle. If the blockage is chronic, then it should be opened if the supplied muscle is alive and the patient's active lifestyle brings out symptoms. Stress scanning may be helpful to determine this. ...Read more

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What drug is used to aid blocked arteries can be injected?

What drug is used to aid blocked arteries can be injected?

Thrombolytic agents: Thrombolytic agents are a class of injectable drugs that can help dissolve clots found in clogged arteries. These drugs are used in high risk situations to care for patients undergoing serious vascular events, in an attempt to decrease the damage of a stroke, heart attack or leg ischemia. ...Read more

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Are the stents put in for renal artery disease temporary or permanent?

Are the stents put in for renal artery disease temporary or permanent?

Permanent: Arterial stents are meant to be permanent and are rarely ever removed. They can, however, develop restenosis or renarrowing that may require further intervention. ...Read more

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How much blockage must there be of coronary arteries to be recommended for bypass surgery versus just getting stent?

How much blockage must there be of coronary arteries to be recommended for bypass surgery versus just getting stent?

Not about degree : it is not about the degree or percentage of blockage. It is about the location or number of areas that have disease. There are also other factors that play a role such as history of diabetes or poor heart function. Most commonly: if the left main artery or all three of the major coronary artery's have significant blockage then surgery is recommended. ...Read more

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Is 50% in Left and right Carotid Artery a major degree of Atherosclerosis or can this be treated with Clopidogrel and fibrazate after TIA? 70+ Fem

Is  50% in Left and right Carotid Artery a major degree of Atherosclerosis or can this be treated with Clopidogrel and
fibrazate after TIA? 70+ Fem

Yes: Also suggest to have a full cardiovascular evaluation Consider Intensive cholesterol management and anti platelet treatments ,Follow up monitoring of carotid vessels and may be an MRA of intracranial circulation would be appropriate ...Read more

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Can dihydroergotamine be used in the treatment of hypotension ?

Can dihydroergotamine be used in the treatment of hypotension ?

Maybe: Ergotamine has vasoconstriction and vasodilatory effects but it is usually not reccomended for hypotension in the USA. ...Read more

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How does the rate of restenosis of coronary arteries compare with medical therapy over stents?

How does the  rate of restenosis of coronary arteries compare with medical therapy over stents?

Not sure: I am not sure what is meant here. If there was no stent or balloon angioplasty to begin with, the term "restenosis" is sort of irrelevant here. On the other hand, if one is talking about treating in-instent restenosis with medical therapy; if the patient is asymptomatic, there is no reason to not try medical therapy for a while at least. ...Read more

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Negligible plaque in the carotid and peripheral arteries, can I assume that it's the same for coronary artery?

Negligible plaque in the carotid and peripheral arteries, can I assume that it's the same for coronary artery?

PROBABLY AT YOUR AGE: Atherosclerosis is a systemic disease and affects vasculature all over our bodies. If non-invasive testing shows minimal plaque, AND MOST IMPORTANTLy, if you have no symptoms of chest pain/pressure, then probably you have no CAD and/or significant plaque in coronaries. ALSO this holds if you are not diabetic. As a young person, most imp, check your lipids, address them if abnl, and healthy lifesty ...Read more

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Is it true that an artery has to be at least 70% blocked, before angioplasty can be performed? Will a blocked artery cause loss of appetite?

Is it true that an artery has to be at least 70% blocked, before angioplasty can be performed? Will a blocked artery cause loss of appetite?

Depends: This judgement is made based on age and vascular bed involved and symptoms. Typically 70% diameter reduction translates into over 90% area reduction and intervention is likely to be helpful if there are symptoms. Blockage of bowel arteries can cause pain and hence loss of apetite due to fear of eating. ...Read more

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"For patients with a narrowing of an artery between 50% and 99%, it is recommended that surgery to remove the plaque carotid endarterectomy," True?

"For patients with a narrowing of an artery between 50% and 99%, it is recommended that surgery to remove the plaque carotid endarterectomy," True?

Complex: There is recent data suggesting that medication management may be as successful as surgery in stroke prevention, and there is another surgical intervention called stenting. Since patients vary and may do best with different approaches, get a few opinions prior to deciding the ultimate l pathway. ...Read more

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What are reasons to get heart bypass surgery rather than angioplasty with a stent to open the arteries?

What are reasons to get heart bypass surgery rather than angioplasty with a stent to open the arteries?

Angioplasty or bypas: Left main disease, bifurcation stenosis, calcified arteries, and multivessel disease are common reasons for opting bypass surgery over angioplasty. ...Read more

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How many arteries can be treated with a heart bypass?

How many arteries can be treated with a heart bypass?

Can vs. Should: Since coronary artery disease can affect all the major coronary arteries, the presence of significant blockage may occur in many vessels & branches. So the answer is dependent on the skill & courage of the operators, whether it be angioplasties & stents, or coronary artery bypass by arterial or venous grafts. Most patients get less than 6, but i've had colleagues that did up to 15 (in 1 patient). ...Read more

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Has anybody seen results of chelation therapy for hardening of the arteries?

Has anybody seen results of chelation therapy for hardening of the arteries?

Good results in many: Chelation therapy remains very controversial but there have been many research studies showing it can be very effective. I have seen many patients who have told me dramatic stories of improvement after having undergone chelation. Here is a detailed summary of research done on chelation by dr. Elmer cranton, one of the pioneering chelation specialists: ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more