1. What is Chelation Therapy
It is a safe, effective and relatively in expensive treatment to restore blood flow in patients of Arteriosclerosis without surgery. It requires intravenous infusion of a medicine called E.D.T.A (EthylDiamine Acetic Acid) in a sterile soultion as an outpatient.
Chelation Therapy is used to reverse symptoms of hardening of arterie also known as Arteriosclerosis of Atherosclerosis which is caused by multiple complex factors, including abnormal accumulations of metallic elements. The end result is plaque formation within arteries which blocks the flow of blood. Plaques are composed of fibrous tissues, cholesterol and calcium, Atherosclerosis leads to heart attack, stroke, senility, and may lead to amputation of extremities.
It also heals cancer, diabetes gangrene, high blood pressure, arthritis and other diseases of aging.
2. What is E.D.T.A.
E.D.T.A. is a substance which removes undesirable metals from the body. Some metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium levels correlate with high blood pressure. All metals, even essential nutritional elements, are toxic in excess or when abnormally situated.
E.D.T.A. normalizes the distribution of most metalic elements in the body. It improves calcium and cholesterol metabolism by eliminating metallic catalysts.
3. How does Chelation Therapy affect health
It 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 vessels, walls and cell-membrances E.D.T.A. removes the metallic elements allowing leaky and damaged cells to heal. The cells divide and replace themselves. Plaques smooth over, shrink and disappear.
Every single study of the use of chelation therapy for atherosclerosis which has ever been published, without exception, has described and improvement in blood flow and symptoms.
4. How about safety and side effects
Chelation therapy is amongst the safest of medical procedures. More than 600,000 patients have received six million treatments and many more are being done every day. Not one death has been reported. Side effects such as headache, mild pain and vein-irritation may take place but are easily controlled by adjusting the duration and frequency of the treatment.
5. 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, discoloured skin and feet, transient loss of vision, paralysis, or rapidly falling memory, diabetes, arthritis, etc., or any unexplained or persistent symptoms which affect your heart, head or limbs should be explored for circulatory blockage and is a fit case for Chelation therapy.
6. 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 one or more bypass procedures often with little or no benefit, have subsequently benefited greatly form chelation therapy. Patients who are chelated preventively will see more subtle indications. Complexions take on a more youthful glow, partly because of improved circulation and partly because of reduction in skin wrinkling resulting from cross linkage damage caused by excess free radical activity. Hair condition-colour and textureoften improves. Sometimes grey or white hair returns to its original colour.
7. How many treatments and over how long
This can be answered only after your medical tests reports are available.
Individuals being chelated preventively prior to the onset of disease symptoms normally require twenty treatments. In cases where there is an established history of angina attacks or other signs of arterial disease, we usually prescribe a series of thirty treatments over a two to four month period as an outpatient.
8. How will i be able to tell if Chelation Therapy has helped me
Patients routinely report reduction or elimination of symptoms with increasing sense of well being after chelation therapy. Family and friends are the first to notice and report improvement in apperance, behaviour and performance. Comparison of pre-and post-therapy can provide objective evidence of effectiveness.
9. What are the interactions between Chelation Therapy and other treatments for Artery disease
Chelation Therapy can be utilised in conjunction with most other therapies for cardio-vascular disease. EDTA is compatible with blood thinners, blood vessel dilators, medicines for blood pressure and heart arrhymeas, calcium blockers and beta blockers. The need for drugs is often reduced or eliminated after a course of chelation therapy.
Many patients in our clinic have been cured. Candidates scheduled for bypass surgery who underwent chelation therapy have become asymptomatic and are off all medications. Some are taking the therapy as a preventive measure and have reported general improvement in health.
10. What is External Counter Pulsation
10. What is External Counter PulsationECP is a non-invasive, non surgical outpatient treatement for the patients suffering from Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Failure. Clinical studies over the past several years have shown that most patients treated with single course of ECP, experience a reduction in angina and are able to return to an active life style. The beneficial effect of ECP persists for up to five years or more.
11. Who will be benefited by ECP
Following types of heart patients suffering from Angina, Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack) and congestive Heart Failure benefit from ECP.
- Who suffer even on maximum medicines
- Who are not fit for angioplasty or bypass surgery
- Who do not want angioplasty or bypass surgery
- Who have re-block after angioplasty or bypass surgery
- Cardiogenic shock
12. ECP is also helpful in patients having
High Blood pressure due to kidney Diseases
Brain diseases like Cerebral arterioscerosis/thrombosis/embolism
Chronic fatigue (Tiredness) Syndrome
13. What does ECP do
ECP causes immediate and sustained increase in heart’s blood supply by:
Dilating coronary blood vessels
Opening dormant (Unused) collateral vessels
Forming new blood vessels (angiogenesis)
14. How Patients will know that they are better
Patients have symtomatic and clinical relief. There is reduced need for medicines, reduced frequency and intensity of chest pain, increased exercise tolerance, improved sense of well being and overall improvement in quality of life. Patients are able to lead a more active life.
15. How is ECP done
ECP is conducted on patients lying on a bed wearing a series of pressure cuffs (like large blood pressure cuffs) tied around the calves, thighs and buttocks. Synchronised electronically with the heartbeat, the cuffs inflate and deflate and move the blood from the legs towards the heart.
The increased blood flow is delivered to the heart at the precise moment at the time of its relaxation when blood flow through the coronery vessels is at its peak. When the heart pumps again, the pressure in the cuffs are deflated instantaneously.
16. Will angiography or stress thallium show improvement
The blood flow of the heart muscles is not proportionate to the degree of narrowing in a coronary artery. Angiography is done to see the narrowng in only large coronary vessels.
Makedly improved anteroseptal and interior wall perfusion in post-ECP stress scintigram
It is extremely suitable to identify stenosis which is essential for angiography cannot visualise small arteries like arterioles and capillaries and cannot assess overall blood flow in a particular area of heart. for this purpose stress thallium and (ICG) impedience cartiography are required. improvement with ECP has been seen by stress thallium test.
ECP results in:
- Increase in diastolic pressure
- Increase in coronary perfusion pressure
- Increased coronary blood flow
- Increased venous return
- Increased cardiac output
17. How long does the treatment take
Patient taking ECP treatment has to undergo 35 one hour sessions, once or twice in a day. some Patients may require a second course.
18. What are the advantages of ECP
ECP is a non-invasive, simple, safe, riskfree and cost effective treatement without surgery or hospital stay. Patient can take this treatement without disturbing his/her daily routine life.
19. Is the treatment safe and comfortable
Yes, the treatement is very safe. ECP is painless and patients only feel like being tightly hugged by the cuffs. patients may read, listen to music, or otherwise relax during therapy.
20. Is ECP possible after angioplasty or bypass surgery
Yes ECP can be done after angioplasty or bypass surgery. When the symptoms recurs or where the result of these procedures are inadequate or for additional benefit for a better and more active lifestyle.
21. How soon the patient can expect the improvement
Because each individual’s conditions are unique, there is no specific time when one can expect to feel an improvement. Experience has shown that, patients tends to improve between 10 and 20 treatment sessions, although others do require longer. Results vary from patients to patients.
22. Are there any precausions to take receiving ECP
Patient should continue taking medication at the regular prescribed dosages throughout the course of treatment and consult with physician as and when needed.
23. Long Term Benefits
Data from the International ECP Patient Registry (IEPR) by the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate school of public health, USA suggest that the reduction in angina following ECP treatment is frequently sustained for up to 2 years post treatment. Patient follow up in many studies suggest that benefits of ECP persist for up to 5 years.
24. Other Centres of ECP
At present there are approximately 3000 ECP centres all over the world. In india, there are 80 centres (80 Machines) providing this treatment including 2 machines at Escorts Heart Institute and research centre. New Delhi.