Dr. Sinatra and Chelation

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Sinatra has had some direct experience with the promise chelation therapy potential holds for cardiovascular problems.

One patient, “Joe,” stands out. Joe had very extensive heart disease, a history of coronary artery bypass surgeries, and was considered “inoperable.” His angina symptoms were kept in check and his quality of life improved for years while he opted-in for regular rounds of IV chelation.

Like so many others that turn to chelation, Joe too had run out of options. And, as such, we were pleased that chelation has helped him so much.

In fact, because of Joe’s positive results with IV chelation therapy, Dr Sinatra convinced his colleagues at the Hartford, Connecticut County Heart Association to take a neutral position on chelation therapy, instead of a negative stance.

When it comes to the subject of chelation for cardiovascular problems, for Dr. Sinatra and I, we have mixed feelings. On one hand, we’ve seen patients such as Joe thrive with IV chelation. However, we have concerns regarding the lack of studies and solid evidence supporting its benefits.

I guess the bottom line at this point is that chelation is a very individual decision. And as such, one of the most important factors for you to consider is TIME; determining when it is your ally, and when it’s your enemy.

That distinction is crucial. If you are symptomatic with angina, you must take a traditional approach—angioplasty, bypass surgery, or even getting on a transplant list if your heart function is badly deteriorated. If your symptoms indicate that your heart is much compromised in terms of oxygen supply, which indicates that your blockages are serious, then time is of the essence. In this case, IV chelation may not be the best option for you.

But if you have heart disease without any symptoms, and angiography and stress testing indicate your heart disease to be minimal and relatively stable, then an alternative approach like chelation is more acceptable.

Once you make that determination, remember that it‘s your responsibility to become educated about all your options and bring them to your physician. After all, anyone working with any doctor always has choice in their treatment plan—not to mention how much better they will feel knowing that they played an active role in their own health and well-being.

For more information on alternative therapies for cardiovascular problems, such as chelation therapy, visit Dr. Sinatra’s Web site.
 

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