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Chelation Therapy Prevent Strokes Heart Attacks
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
No proof that bad gums actually cause heart disease or strokes. Also claims that dental treatment may prevent heart attack or strokes are unwarranted.?
Occur together: As opposed to gum disease causing heart disease. They are both inflammatory diseased that can occur at the same time. Having severe periodontal disease could be an indicator that you are susceptable to inflammatory diseases. All these disease states need to be checked and controlled. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Binding heavy metals: Chelation is a hypothesis that there are heavy metals present that initiate and perpetuate certain disease states. By the use of certain compounds that bind up these heavy metals and allow the body to excrete them, the conditions can be stopped or even reversed. A large nih trial some years back concluded that chelation therapy was not effecacious in the treatment of coronary disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Since 1982 when i became a physician, people have claimed chelation treatments for coronary artery disease were the treatment. In every single case i witnessed their demise from a coronary event. It is not an fda std. Of care procedure for coronary artery disease. In reality, it only benefits the person giving the treatment. Maybe within the next 100yrs the fda willfindnewmeds.That prevent plaque. ...Read more
Is it common for doctors to put the elderly on aspirin therapy even if they've not had a stroke or heart attack?
Aspirin: The benefits of Aspirin for primary prevention should be balanced against potential risks of bleeding particularly in older patients with greater risk for bleeding in that age group. Provided such risk is thought acceptable, the protective anti platelet effects of Aspirin might make it a particularly good option in the elderly as the vascular risk is inherenttly higher in this age group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can dhea be used without the side effects of testosterone therapy as stroke heart disease heart attack?
DHEA: For men dhea will not be strong enough to replace testosterone deficiency. However, you are likely low on dhea so taking it will likely benefit you anyways. Based upon your history, i would recommend that you be evaluated by anti-aging specialist who could shed light on the testosterone controversy as well as talk to you about heart/stroke prevention because it gets a lot more complex. ...Read more
Prevent Heart Attack: To prevent heart attacks and strokes, you must eliminate inflammation and insulin resistance. Periodontal Disease is also a big contributor to heart attacks & strokes, so being checked by your dentist regularly is important. You are right to be wanting to prevent these events since heart attacks are the number one killer of both men and women, and strokes are the leading cause of disability. ...Read more
Brain blood vessels: A stroke occurs from either occlusion of a blood vessel in the brain (most common)or bleeding in the brain from a blood vessel. Prevention involves controlling risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and elevated lipid levels. Some patients with known vascular disease in their brain also can benefit from anti platelet medicines such as Aspirin for prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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