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Chelation Therapy Angioplasty 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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does anyone have any alternatives to clearing blocked arteries from angioplasty, stents or laserplasty?
Got mi, ef 26%, creat 1.5, scar of 10% @ infrolateral seg, ischemia 3%, reversible defect 5% @ antro segs, 3 blocked arteries. Dou recommend angioplasty?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No, sorry...: The best approach to blocked arteries is prevention & picking your parents carefully. Failing that, aggressive lifestyle changes and judicious use of appropriate medications to achieve targets based on compelling objective clinical trials data are your next best option. If significantly blocked arteries remain, then angioplasty ± stents, or bypass surgery. Massage rx will not open blockages. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I heard about edta chelation therapy, but the american medical association doesn't support it. Why?
Mineral depletion: Chelation therapy wipes out both good and bad stuff in body - if you are doing chelation it is recommended u do 3 day oral chelation captomer, lipoic acid, glutathione - captomer cleans, lipoic acid removes oxidative stress, glutathione provides energy for liver - this should be followed by 27 day high mineral +vitamin + energy for cells so both go hand in hand. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Most of us who provide IV chelation therapy recommend 1-2 treatments per week, for a series of 10-30 treatments, or until the desired benefit is obtained (usually 20-30 treatments), followed by monthly "maintenance" treatments thereafter. Adverse effects are rare, if kidney function is normal--and kidney function generally improves with proper dosage of edta. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Check with ACAM: Most (though not all) doctors who offer chelation therapy belong to acam, an organization that offers training & certification in chelation therapy. Not every acam member offers chelation, but many do, so you can check the directory & see if the practitioner offers chelation: www.Acamnet.Org/site/c.Ltjwj4mpiwe/b.5457489/k.60df/welcome_to_physicianlink__18005323688_/apps/kb/cs/contactsearch.Asp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO: The ama does not endorse chelation therapy for behavioral issues because of potentially horrible side effects including death. There is no sound evidence whatsoever that it even helps behavioral issues. For proven heavy metal poisoning there may be an indication. Otherwise it appears to be quackery. There is no scientific evidence that heavy metals play a role in childhood autism. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: Probably the best-studied use of edta chelation therapy has been for intermittent claudication (peripheral vascular disease). Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www.Acam.Org) for clinical studies and names of physicians in your area who provide this treatment. Chelation therapy improves blood flow throughout the body, and benefits a wide range of ischemic conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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