Atherosclerosis is a narrowing and hardening of the arteries caused by cholesterol plaques or fatty deposits lining the arteries over time. Blocked arteries are the leading cause of heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease.
Fortunately, you can stop or slow atherosclerosis through lifestyle changes and taking care of risk factors. However, you may need more aggressive treatments to break it down once a blockage forms.
Causes and Risk Factors for Atherosclerosis
While most adults over the age of 60 have some atherosclerosis, they don’t always have noticeable symptoms. Some common factors lead to atherosclerosis in patients, and most of them are lifestyle specific:
- Abdominal obesity
- High alcohol intake
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
Atherosclerosis can begin at a young age, with even teenagers showing signs. The risk of developing atherosclerosis increases with age.
How Can Chelation Therapy Treat Atherosclerosis?
Doctors often use chelation therapy to treat mercury and lead poisoning. However, new research suggests that chelation therapy may be viable for treating atherosclerosis.
Healthcare providers typically administer chelation therapy in weekly IV treatments of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). EDTA seeks out and sticks to metals in the bloodstream, then creates a compound that the body removes through the kidneys. These treatments last an average of 30 minutes each.
Currently, doctors are exploring chelation therapy for patients with atherosclerosis, as EDTA can potentially stick to arterial calcium deposits, which are the part of the plaque that obstructs the blood flow to the heart. The calcium deposits are then cleaned out by EDTA through elimination, potentially reducing the risk of heart problems.
Another potential benefit of chelation therapy is that EDTA may act as an antioxidant by removing metals combined with LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol moves cholesterol particles throughout the body, building up in the walls of the arteries and narrowing them.
If chelation therapy can remove metals that flow through the arteries, like copper and calcium, it can potentially slow down the development of atherosclerosis.
Is Chelation Therapy Effective?
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves chelation therapy to treat lead poisoning. However, the FDA is still investigating its potential as a treatment for atherosclerosis. Currently, many patients report less pain from chronic inflammatory diseases after receiving EDTA infusions.
As this is an emerging therapy, anyone pursuing chelation therapy should do so under the care of a trained and qualified chelation therapy practitioner.
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.