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Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?
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Dr. Matt Pflieger
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Gurney Pearsall
Anti-Aging Medicine
In brief: 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/.

In brief: 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/.
Dr. Gurney Pearsall
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Dr. Ward Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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