Chelation therapy is a cure for lead and mercury poisoning. Though it is not a well established therapy for heart disease, still some healthcare practitioners use chelation therapy to treat heart problems and even stroke.
The idea behind employing chelation therapy for cardiovascular disease is that the medicine utilised in the treatment ties-up with the calcium which is in fatty deposits (plaques) inside the arteries. When the medicine ties up with the calcium, the plaques are removed as the medication moves in your bloodstream.
Research is still going on to determine the level of safety and effectiveness of this therapy on the cardiovascular diseases. Doctors have different point of views about chelation therapy.
- Why Chelation Therapy Is Done
Doses of a medicine known as EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is given to the patient with help of an intravenous (IV) line. This medication searches and then stuck with the minerals present inside the bloodstream of a patient. After the medication covers completely with the minerals, it generates a compound which gets out of the patient’s body through urine.
It is an effective treatment to cure lead or mercury poisoning. Some medical professionals believe that chelation therapy could start to reverse cardiovascular disease by sticking with the calcium in the plaques (which clog the arteries) and removing it from the body. Research is still going on to validate the effects of this therapy for heart diseases.
- How To Prepare For Chelation Therapy
Before undergoing this therapy to cure any heart disease, you must first talk with your doctor to know about all the expectations, results, risks and side effects related to it.
After consulting your doctor, if you’re satisfied with the discussions then you can choose to undergo this treatment. No specific preparations are required before the treatment of this therapy. The length of the treatment session depends on the doctor and number of sessions will also be decided by him.
- What You Should Expect From Chelation Therapy
- During the Treatment: The therapy is conducted by expert doctor in 5 to 30 sessions. In every treatment session, you’re asked to either sit on a chair or lie on a bed and then an IV line is inserted with help of a syringe in your arm or hand. Then a liquid solution (containing the medication required in chelation therapy) is passed through the IV line. Several hours are needed to complete each treatment. The only discomfort you might feel during the therapy is a temporary stinging or burning sensation on the skin where injection has been inserted.
- After the Treatment: Once the chelation therapy is concluded successfully, you can go back to your normal routine soon. After the treatment, you can eat your usual food and do your daily work & chores as usual. There are hardly any side effects of this therapy, but if you notice anything unusual then contact your doctor in Sydney.