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.
Chelation Study Here. The tact nih study on IV chelation is one of the few large clinical trials that showed some benefit. See links below: 1) http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/news/press-releases/supplement/questions-and-answers-the-nih-trial-of-edta-chelation-therapy-for-coronary-heart-disease.Html 2) http://www.Forbes.Com/sites/larryhusten/2012/11/04/nih-trial-gives-surprising-boost-to-chelation-therapy/.
Not if 100% blocked. 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.
Terrible idea. Chelation therapy is useful for heavy metal poisoning. It has been debunked for atherosclerosis and its use is generally considered of no benefit and inappropriate. You should consider getting another opinion if this has been recommended.

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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...

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...
Removes Heavy Metals. The tact nih study on IV chelation is one of the few large clinical trials that showed some benefit. See links below: 1) http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/news/press-releases/supplement/questions-and-answers-the-nih-trial-of-edta-chelation-therapy-for-coronary-heart-disease.Html 2) http://www.Forbes.Com/sites/larryhusten/2012/11/04/nih-trial-gives-surprising-boost-to-chelation-therapy/. Read more...

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...
No. Chelation therapy and blocked arteries is complete sham. Not a single study shows benefit. May be dangerous and definitely costly with no known benefit. Read more...
No . This is a complete waste of time your money. See a board certified vascular surgeon and ask if anything even needs to be done. Sometimes an occluded artery does not need to be treated if there is enough collateral circulation. Read more...
No, Bloodflow Needed. Chelation therapy is known to remove heavy metals {lead, mercury, aluminum...Etc} from the body. For many years it has been used off-label in heart patients. There is only 1 large trial that showed some benefit...The tact nih study tact nih study: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/news/press-releases/supplement/questions-and-answers-the-nih-trial-of-edta-chelation-therapy-for-coronary-heart-disease.Html. Read more...

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...
Not yet proven but.. There is a surprising amount of research (unknown to most doctors) that shows IV edta can unclog arteries: http://drcranton.Com/chelation/research.Htm there is evidence that oral chelation is effective at lowering heavy metal levels but I have not yet seen studies showing it unclogs arteries- but lowering lead levels may improve circulation. See www.Chelationtherapyonline.Com/anatomy/p63.Htm. Read more...
No, it is for metals. The oral rx "chemet" is a chelating agent with scientific proof that establishes its effectiveness. Once absorbed into the bloodstream, oral chelation has the same mechanism of action as IV chelation. The active ingredient {ie: edta, dmps, dmsa...} physically attaches to metals {ie: pb, hg, al}. After attachment, the metal's shape is altered and the body is able to eliminate the new compound. Read more...

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...

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

No. Chelation therapy has never been shown in any reputable clinical trial to be of benefit for vascular disease. It is frowned upon by the credible authorities. The argument is, if a provider thinks this works, why are they unwilling to do the study to prove it? An expensive waste of money. Read more...
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...
Chelation Study Here. The tact nih study on IV chelation is one of the few large clinical trials that showed some benefit. See links below: 1) http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/news/press-releases/supplement/questions-and-answers-the-nih-trial-of-edta-chelation-therapy-for-coronary-heart-disease.Html 2) http://www.Forbes.Com/sites/larryhusten/2012/11/04/nih-trial-gives-surprising-boost-to-chelation-therapy/. Read more...