FAQs on Artery Clearance therapy
   
 

How does blockage formation affect health?

Blockage of blood vessels by plaque reduces the flow of blood, starving vital organs of oxygen and other nutrients. Cell walls then become leaky, allowing excessive calcium, sodium and other elements to enter. When calcium accumulates to a critical point, deposits form, like concrete. These calcifications can often be seen on x-ray. Disordered calcium metabolism can also cause coronaries and other arteries to go into spasm, further reducing blood to vital organs.

What are the risks of these blockages?

If diagnostic evaluation reveals the formation of calcified deposits, if they are in uneven clumps, the risk of heart attack or stroke is considerable. If they are laid smoothly along the arterial walls, the risk is much less. Chelation treatment reduce the risk dramatically.

What is the effect of these deposits?

When the flow of blood is interrupted by a calcified deposit it becomes turbulent and under pressure. If part of the deposit breaks away, it is carried at speed in this fast moving blood and may block one of the smaller blood vessels supplied to the artery completely or partially. This causes a stroke if the artery is feeding the brain, or a heart attack if a coronary artery of the heart muscle is involved, or gangrene and amputation if the leg arteries become blocked.

What causes loss of memory and other signs of ageing?

It is usually accepted that loss of memory is an inevitable part of the ageing process along with giddiness, loss of concentration and defective hearing.

All these conditions are caused by the build up of calcium deposits on the artery walls, often called 'hardening of the arteries'. This results in the deterioration of tissues which are not able to absorb sufficient nutrients and oxygen. If the calcium deposits are laid down smoothly and evenly, the ageing process is gradual. The clumping of deposits results in sudden ageing.

When arteries or capillaries to the heart muscle or to the legs are affected, the cramping pains of angina and intermittent claudication are experienced. These are the result of the muscles being starved of oxygen, and will gradually worsen. Muscle spasm can close a narrowed artery completely.


What is Artery Clearance Therapy (ACT)?

A complete program of Artery Clearance Therapy involves Chelation Therapy, regular exercise, proper nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation and avoidance of tobacco and other health-damaging habits.

What is Chelation Therapy?

Chelating Therapy is a safe, effective and relatively inexpensive treatment to restore blood flow in persons having heart disease without surgery.

Chelation Therapy involves the intravenous infusion of a FDA approved medicine called Ethylene Diamine Tetra-acetic Acid (EDTA), along with certain antioxidant vitamins and minerals at therapeutic dosages. Chelation has been scientifically proven to remove undesirable metals from the body. Some metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and iron are poisons. Lead and cadmium levels correlate with high blood pressure. Overload of iron can cause heart attacks. All metals, even essential nutritional elements are toxic in excess or when abnormally situated.


How is Chelation done?

EDTA chelation infusions are administered by slow drip which circulates through the blood stream treating the entire arterial system removing undesirable metals from the body. The frequency of infusion is normally weekly, but may be bi weekly in some cases. The number of infusions depends on the purpose for which Chelation is taken. Ten infusions may be sufficient for preventive purpose, but for relieving symptoms, 20- 30 infusions may be required.

How does EDTA chelation therapy work to clear blocked arteries?


Several theories have been suggested by those who recommend this form of treatment.

1. One theory suggests that EDTA chelation might work by directly removing calcium found in fatty plaques that block the arteries, causing the plaques to break up.

2. Another is that the process of chelation may stimulate the release of a hormone that in turn causes calcium to be removed from the plaques or causes a lowering of cholesterol levels.

3. A third theory is that EDTA chelation therapy may work by reducing the damaging effects of oxygen ions (oxidative stress) on the walls of the blood vessels by removing the “ Free Radicals”.  Reducing oxidative stress could reduce inflammation in the arteries and improve blood vessel function.

How does Chelation Therapy improve health?
                  
Chelation therapy promotes health by correcting the major underlying cause of arterial blockage. Damaging oxygen free radicals are increased by the presence of metallic elements and act as a chronic irritant to blood vessel walls and cell membranes. EDTA removes those metallic irritants, allowing leaky and damaged cell walls to heal. Plaques smooth over and shrink, allowing more blood to pass. The walls of the blood vessels become softer allowing easier expansion. Scientific studies have proven that blood flow increases after chelation therapy.

What can be done to prevent heart attacks, angina, strokes, claudication (leg pain due to poor circulation) and the ageing process?

Clearly, if many of these problems are caused by calcified deposits in the blood vessels, eliminating the root cause will dramatically reduce the risk of sudden illness and delay and prolong the ageing processes. This is what chelation does.

Chelation therapy is especially effective in diabetic conditions.


Who are the people who may require Chelation?

Anyone with circulatory problems, or has suffered a stroke or hear attack, or people with a family history of cardiovascular diseases, and those who are becoming aware that they are able to do less as they grow older.

What can be done?                                                                                                                                                         

The first step is to have a medical diagnostic evaluation to reveal existing or potential problems or risk factors.

Traditional treatment for high blood pressure, or poor blood supply to the brain, heart or legs, is medication and localized surgery if the arteries are accessible and the patients condition permits. Unfortunately this is rarely successful long-term.

For more than twenty-five years in the US, chelation treatment has proved extremely successful in controlling these problems, and it has been available in the UK since 1985. In conjunction with control of diet, blood pressure, blood fats and stress, chelation dramatically improves the state of the arteries.

How do I know if I need or can benefit from Chelation therapy?

If you have chest pain or leg pain on walking, shortness of breath, painful, discoloured feet, transient loss of vision, paralysis, or rapidly failing memory, see a physician! Any unexplained or persistent symptoms which affect your heart, head of limbs should be assessed for possible circulatory blockage.

Can Chelation therapy be used after bypass surgery?

Yes! Although Chelation therapy is best utilized to avoid bypass surgery, many patients who have previously undergone By-pass procedures, often with little or no benefit, have subsequently benefited greatly from Chelation therapy. Treatment for each patient must be individualized. If all else fails, including Chelation therapy, By Pass surgery remains available as a last resort.

Can chelation be used as a preventive measure?

Yes. Chelation can be, and is used extensively as a preventive treatment, addressing 'free radical' damage and thereby minimizing the risk of cardiovascular problems in the future, especially for those with high risk factors, such as past history of smoking, drug or drink abuse, cholesterol and other hereditary indicators.

What about safety?

Chelation therapy is among the safest of medical procedures. More than 400,000 patients have received over four million treatments during the past 30 years. Not one death has been directly caused by chelation therapy, when properly administered by a physician who was fully trained and competent in the use of this therapy.

Does EDTA chelation therapy have side effects?


When used as approved by the FDA (at the appropriate dose and infusion rate) for treatment of heavy metal poisoning, chelation with EDTA has a low occurrence of side effects. The most common side effect is a burning sensation experienced at the site where the EDTA is delivered into the veins. Rare side effects can include fever, hypotension, headache and nausea. Injury to the kidneys has been reported with EDTA chelation therapy, but it is rare.

How will I be able to tell if Chelation therapy has helped me?

Patients routinely report reduction or elimination of their symptoms with an increasing sense of well being after Chelation therapy. Family and friends are often the first to notice and report improvement in appearance, behavior and performance. Comparison of pre- and post- therapy diagnostic tests can provide objective evidence of effectiveness.

How many infusions are needed?

Each patient if different and it is only after a medical evaluation that an individual can be advised on the likely length of treatment. However experience shows that 20-30 infusions have achieved significant improvement. The level of improvement is depends upon the individual patient, the severity of the conditions and the strength of each infusion, which is tailored to each patient.

How is the progress monitored?

Our doctors monitor patients regularly, carrying out further tests and monitoring progress from the original diagnostic tests.

What are the interactions between Chelation therapy and other treatments for artery disease?

Chelation therapy can be utilized in conjunction with most other therapies for cardiovascular disease. EDTA is compatible with blood thinners, blood vessel dilators, medicines for blood pressure and heart arrhythmias, calcium blockers and beta blockers. The need for drugs is often reduced of eliminated after a course of Chelation therapy.

How widely is EDTA chelation therapy used?

It is estimated by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a professional association that supports the use of chelation therapy, that more than 800,000 visits for chelation therapy were made in the United States in 1997 alone.

Are there any Scientific Evidence to prove Chelation is useful?


The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), both components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have launched the Trial To Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT). TACT is the first large-scale, multicenter study to determine the safety and efficacy of EDTA chelation therapy for individuals with coronary artery disease. Read more about I in
http://nccam.nih.gov/chelation/q-and-a.htm#3

Why did NCCAM and NHLBI (National Institute of Health NIH, USA) decide to study this therapy?


CAD is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. In spite of effective standard therapies, such as lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgical procedures, some patients with CAD seek out EDTA chelation therapy as a treatment option.

Therefore, NCCAM and NHLBI saw a public health need to conduct a large-scale, well-designed clinical trial that could determine more clearly whether EDTA chelation therapy is indeed an effective and safe alternative for treating CAD. The first participants were enrolled in September 2003 and the study will take approximately 5 years to complete.

Do medical insurance companies pay for chelation therapy?

While insurance policies do not specifically exclude chelation therapy in their policies, it does not include it either. Hence it may be on case to case basis and personal effort by the patient.

Where can I get more information on Chelation?

Information is as important as its source. Here are some websites
http://nccam.nih.gov/chelation/q-and-a.htm#3
http://www.chelationuk.com/
                                               
Please Note:

The reader is advised that varying and even conflicting views are held by other segments of the medical profession. The information presented in this literature is educational in nature and is not intended as a basis for diagnosis or treatment.