Heart disease is a severe concern in the United States. About 18.2 million American adults suffer from coronary heart disease, which occurs when plaque prevents the arteries from delivering enough oxygen-rich blood to the heart.
There are several treatments for the disease, including lifestyle changes, medications, and procedures, such as angioplasty. However, a therapy for treating plaque buildup has existed for a long while: chelation therapy.
What Is Chelation Therapy?
Chelation therapy uses particular drugs called chelators to remove metal from the blood.
Patients receiving chelation therapy receive an intravenous treatment of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), which seeks out and sticks to metals and minerals in the bloodstream. The medication and metals combine to form a compound the body removes through urination.
How Can Chelation Therapy Treat Coronary Heart Disease?
Coronary heart disease results from plaque buildup in the wall of the coronary arteries. These arteries supply blood to the heart. As the plaque buildup increases over time, the arteries narrow.
Since artery plaque contains calcium, and EDTA binds to calcium, chelation therapy may work to clear plaque from narrowing arteries.
Does Chelation Therapy Remove Plaque from Arteries?
In 2002, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) did a large-scale study of chelation therapy for treating coronary heart disease called the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT). The study had 1,708 participants who were 50 years old or older and had experienced at least one heart attack.
The study noted that the group of participants who underwent chelation therapy had reduced cardiovascular events. The beneficial effects in patients with diabetes resulted in a 41% reduction in the risk of death from heart disease and a 52% reduction in recurrent heart attacks.
Further studies to learn more about the benefits of chelation therapy in treating coronary heart disease are underway, including TACT 2. Through TACT 2, the NIH aims to understand more about the benefits of chelation therapy in treating patients with diabetes and heart disease.
What Are the Benefits of Cardiac Chelation Therapy?
Beyond the potential to remove plaque from the arteries and lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, there may be other benefits for patients choosing chelation therapy. For example, the treatment may be able to reduce pain and swelling.
Additionally, some patients report relief from pain connected with chronic inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis or scleroderma.
While chelation therapy’s potential as an effective treatment in targeting plaque buildup that causes coronary heart disease is still being investigated, early studies show benefits lasting up to five years.
This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions. We also offer Chelation Therapy!