Chelation therapy is a method of treating coronary artery disease and heart disease. However, there are few references to patients’ feelings and perceptions of chelation therapy. .
What is Chelation Therapy?
It is an infusion of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, EDTA, which is injected into the In patients, EDTA is a synthetic amino acid that binds to heavy metals in blood. It excretes heavy metals from urine to reduce damage to the heart.
Chelation Therapy and Cardiovascular Diseases
Coronary arteriosclerosis occlusion is associated with the inflammation and oxidation of Cholesterol, most of which is derived from saturated fat in food. Oxidation produces many free radicals, releasing and oxidizing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, also known as bad cholesterol) in cholesterol. Macrophages in leukocytes (commonly known as white blood cells) can devour oxidized bad cholesterol and form foam, which then adheres to the walls of the arteries, accumulating and forming plaques. The plaque is deposited on the walls of the arteries, causing stenosis of the arteries and damage the arteries wall.
The medical principle of chelation therapy is to combine calcium in the arterial plaque, which, after binding with calcium, circulating through the body and urinary system, is eventually excreted.
Does chelation really treat cardiovascular disease?
For many years, chelation therapy has been used for lead and mercury poisoning, but for cardiovascular diseases, the efficacy of chelation therapy remains unclear and has not been scientifically proven to be effective. Despite the uncertain effect and the risk of side effects, some doctors and experts prefer chelation therapy to treat cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Even if there is a large study that supports the effectiveness of chelation therapy, there is still insufficient evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of chelation therapy. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology is still unable to endorse chelation therapy and the FDA has not been able to approve it.
Some doctors are concerned about the serious side effects of chelation therapy, the most common side effects are burning sensation during intravenous injections, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting; others are less common. Hypocalcemia, renal failure, and even death. Chelating drugs combine and remove some of the metals needed by the body, such as calcium, copper and zinc, which can lead to a lack of these important substances in the body.
Nowadays, chelation therapy is only approved by the FDA for the treatment of metal poisoning, and there is insufficient evidence to support its use in any other disease. Due to concerns about side effects, it is recommended that patients thoroughly discuss them with physicians before receiving chelation treatment.