Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. Therefore, it’s important to understand the different treatment options and lifestyle modifications you should incorporate into your life in order to reduce the risk for heart disease complications. While quitting smoking, exercising and taking certain medications can greatly improve your heart health, our team here at Preventive Health Medical Institute may also recommend getting chelation therapy.
What is chelation therapy?
The main application for chelation therapy is to remove toxic metals such as mercury and lead from the body. During this procedure, ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA) is administered into a patient’s IV where the medication then combines with minerals found in the blood and is flushed out of the body through the urine.
How is chelation therapy used for heart disease?
Since chelation therapy has the ability to bind with certain minerals in the body it’s believed that it can also bind to calcium found within plaques in the arteries of the heart. By binding EDTA with calcium, the plaques are then removed via the bloodstream where they are then eliminated from the body through the kidneys.
Of course, while there are health benefits to choosing this alternative therapy our medical team will also provide you with certain medications (e.g. beta blockers), lifestyle modifications and other long-term treatment options that you will still need to follow in order to best manage your heart disease and to keep symptoms under control. Along with medication and chelation therapy, it’s also important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, a balanced diet, maintaining an ideal weight and avoiding smoking.
Getting chelation therapy could reduce your risk for heart problems as well as the need for bypass surgery in the future. It could also reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke or angina. Chelation therapy could also be beneficial for patients who’ve had a heart attack in the past or those who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and want to find out if chelation therapy is right for you then call Preventive Health Medical Institute in Boise, ID, today at (208) 813-9292.