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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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Hi dr is chelation therapy helpful for treating erectile dysfunction caused by blocked arteries?

Hi dr is chelation therapy helpful for treating  erectile dysfunction caused by blocked arteries?

No: Blocked arteries need to be either bypassed or cleaned to have flow again. Chelation therapy, i can't comment on usefulness to avoid debate with other doctors. Some promote it, some don't. Some believe it, some don't. Some benefit financially, I am neutral. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meats, dairy, fats to as little as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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Is it true that oral chelation therapy works to unclog arteries?

Is it true that oral chelation therapy works to unclog arteries?

Not true: Artery disease is best treated with risk factor modification, medcal therapy for hypertension, nicotine addiction, diabetes, and elevated cholestrol. Chelation is expensive, heavily advertised and not scientific in regards to any benefit. Its not likely to hurt you, but why are you using it? ...Read more

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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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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Check & optimize systolic BP to <120 mmHG sitting, relaxed
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Check & optimize body fat daily by weighing yourself nude, 1st thing AM
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Focus on high-fiber, low calorie foods to improve issues
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My father has 100% blockage of an artery. Will chelation therapy work?

My father has 100% blockage of an artery. Will chelation therapy work?

No: I feel that chelation is medically useless and a great way to lighten your wallet! blocked arteries are caused by atherosclerotic plaque. The cause of the plaque should be treated. See www.Vascularweb.Org or www.Padcoalition.Org for more information. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any alternatives to clearing blocked arteries from angioplasty, stents or laserplasty?

If yes, billions!: Once established there are a few options to provide urgent clearance of blocked arteries other than the ones you have mentioned. Some physicians have shown long term decrease in the size of plaques with te statin medications. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

walking exercise if tolerated
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Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Not for 100% blocks: Although chelation therapy is very effective for improving blood flow, it will not "unclog" a completely blocked artery. However, atherosclerosis does not effect single arteries. It is a systemic problem. Therefore, for those with complete or near-complete blockages, i recommend stents or bypass, followed by chelation to improve blood-flow throughout the body and prevent progression. ...Read more

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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

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more

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