Recently, one person was admitted to a Wellknown nursing home at pune, due to severe chest pain. He had an earlier attack in 2012 and was under treatment. The doctors now suggested Angiography.
Upon undergoing Angiography at multi speciality Hospital Doctors diagnosed multiple blockages for which Angioplasty was ruled out and instead, suggested 'Bypass Surgery'.
That evening, he was brought home as doctor suggested his heart being very weak, bypass could be performed only after 10 - 15 days.
Meanwhile, after discussing the matter with relatives and close friends, fresh information came from a family friend.
A new treatment known as-"Chelox therapy, Laser therapy v Chelation Therapy" has been introduced into the Indian medical theatre.
What is Chelation therapy
Chelation therapy is an FDA-approved therapy—for treating mercury, lead, and other types of heavy-metal poisoning, as well as for iron overload (hemochromatosis) and some types of anemia. A chelating agent infused into the bloodstream binds to these toxins. The kidneys filter out the chelating agent and bound metals, which are then urinated away.
How might chelation therapy work for heart disease? The theory is that the chelating agent (usually ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid [EDTA]) binds to calcium in fatty plaques lining arteries. When it pulls out the calcium, plaque is supposedly swept away too, clearing arteries in much the same way that a drain cleaner opens clogged pipes. It’s a wonderful analogy, but one that hasn’t been backed by solid science.
Instead, the patient is given about 30 bottles of IV fluids in which chelating agent (usually ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid [EDTA]) are injected. The number of bottles given may increase depending upon the age-factor and health of the patient.
Cost per bottle may be around Rs.1300/- Yet this treatment doesn’t come cheap—or without safety risks.Each treatment costs Rs.3000/-, and people often undergo dozens of these three-hour-long infusions over a period of several months. All in all, a treatment course can exceed Rs2,50,000—and it isn’t typically covered by health insurance.
Then there are the side effects, which can range from headaches to a drop in calcium and blood pressure levels. In rare cases, people who’ve undergone chelation therapy have been left with permanent kidney damage
“We don’t know what the implications of chelation are in a person who has a normal heavy metal balance in the body, and whether we are potentially shifting something in a way that might be harmful,”
Currently, only a few doctors in India specialise in this field
One of them is DR.Vikrant Laate. In pune.
No substitute for healthy living
When it comes to heart disease, no treatment—whether it comes in a pill, surgical procedure, or infusion—takes the place of healthy living. “One of the things that’s most concerning here is that individuals rely on chelation therapy instead of adhering to evidence-based recommendations,” Dr. Antman stresses.
Those recommendations are encapsulated in “Life’s Simple 7,” seven lifestyle changes from the American Heart Association that have been proven to improve heart health:
- Get active
- Control cholesterol
- Eat better
- Manage blood pressure
- Lose weight
- Reduce blood sugar
- Don’t smoke
“It doesn’t have to be hard,” Dr. Antman says. “It’s a commitment over the life term to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.”
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