Arterial Clearance Therapy

Arterial Clearance Therapy

TREATMENT FOR BLOCKED ARTERIES

For Most Cases, There ARE Alternatives to Bypass Surgery and Angioplasty for the Treatment of Blocked Arteries – Please Don’t Wait Till You Don’t Have the Time to Find Out What Your Options Are.

We at IPC (Institute of Preventive Cardiology) Heart Care Center, Mumbai, are not against bypass surgery or coronary angioplasty per se. There are indeed cases that warrant cardiac surgeries, and we ourselves definitely make it a practice to suggest them to patients who are in immediate danger of heart attacks or cardiac arrests. However, we would like to make people who have coronary arterial blockages, their loved ones, and people in general, aware that there are effective non-surgical options available for coronary artery disease treatment, for most cases.

The profiles of the patients who come to us are as varying as that of any cardiac clinic or cardiologist. However, most of our cardiac patients fall into one of the following categories:

1. Those who Cardiologists describe as not having enough artery blockage to justify surgery but may have symptoms of atherosclerosis like angina, shortness of breath, etc;

2. Those who have already had one or even multiple angioplasties and / or bypass surgeries, with not much relief from symptoms or a return of symptoms and blockages;

3. Those who have been recommended surgery by their Cardiologist but are looking for non-surgical / non-invasive treatments for arterial blockages, calcified arteries.

Perhaps some would expect us to say that we are most careful with heart patients who fall under category ‘2’ or ‘3’, but each of our patients is treated with the utmost individualized care, and not typecast into any category. Of course, there are times when we have felt that we actually concur with a Cardiologist’s opinion that surgery is required, in which event we do our utmost to convince the patient of the need for this. But, more often than not, we are confident that IPC’s non-surgical approach to heart disease will reap benefits that go beyond heart surgeries like bypass and angioplasty, and without the risks of surgery.

IPC’s Approach

IPC specializes in Artery Clearance Therapy (ACT), which is a non-invasive treatment to prevent and reverse heart diseases and many other vascular diseases. Arterial Clearance Therapy generally includes Chelation Therapy(CT), administering of Anti-oxidants, and Lifestyle Management. IPC also offers EECP (Enhanced External Counter Pulsation), and a host of other supplementary natural treatments for reversing factors that contribute to heart disease.

IPC is India’s largest chain of clinics offering comprehensive preventive cardiology services and effective non-invasive treatment options for coronary artery disease, including coronary arterial / artery blockage, artery calcification, atherosclerosis, etc.

Treatments IPC Heart Care Center Offers

Besides atherosclerosis treatments, IPC also specializes in state-of-the-art non-invasive diagnostic tests for heart disease. So, if you feel you have symptoms of heart disease, or just want a check-up because of a family history of a heart ailment, please feel free to get in touch with us. We will be glad to help. We also have a lot of prevention strategies that we are happy to share with anyone who is worried about heart disease striking them.

Why ACT?

ACT (Arterial Clearance Therapy) has been proven to increase blood flow throughout the body. ACT not only works towards clearing the main arteries, but also improves blood-flow to smaller capillaries. No other therapy or arterial treatment does this.

ACT has been reported to relieve angina pain, forestall heart attacks, improve blood cholesterol ratios, lower blood fats, reduce blood pressure, heal ulcers caused by poor circulation, and strokes.

ACT reverses atherosclerosis and can prevent heart attacks in many patients.

ACT is about 90% successful i.e. 90 out of 100 patients treated with ACT improve. Results vary from patient to patient depending on the disease process.

ACT (Arterial Clearance Therapy) is recognized by the National Health Services in England. It is practiced by about 1500 clinics in America and also by many in England, France, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, etc.

Why IPC?

DrPratiksha, the founder and head of IPC Heart Care Center, is a world-renowned preventive cardiologist. DrPratiksha and her IPC Heart Care Center team have been pioneers in the field of Preventive Cardiology in Maharashtra and have done path-breaking work in the field of non-surgical treatment of heart ailments.

IPC is in technical collaboration with Arterial Disease Clinic London and Manchester and uses protocol based on that of the American College of Advancement in Medicine.

IPC has treated more than 10,000 cases successfully. We have a unique case selection process, and the number of treatment sessions and protocols that will be followed are customized for each case. We monitor patients closely and follow international ACAM Protocol for treating our patient.

IPC Heart Care Center has 90% success ratio in improving arterial elasticity and blood flow to the heart, thus vastly reducing the possibilities of heart attack and premature deaths.

 

Chelation Therapy

Chelation Therapy is part and parcel of Arterial Clearance Therapy, and the term is often used synonymously with ACT. Chelation is a widely used non-surgical therapy for heart disease and other vascular conditions. Chelation therapy is also used for autism and brain related disorders.

WHAT IS CHELATION THERAPY?

Chelation Therapy is a non-surgical medical treatment that improves metabolic and circulatory function in many different ways by removing toxic metals (such as lead and cadmium) and relocating abnormally located metallic ions in the body.  This is accomplished by administering a synthetic amino acid, ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA), by intravenous fusion using a tiny twenty-five-gauge needle or Teflon catheter. EDTA Chelation is a simple, inexpensive procedure that is usually done in a doctor’s clinic, and does not require hospitalization.

HOW DOES CHELATION WORK?

‘Chelation’ is actually a natural life chemical process that enables living organisms to assimilate and make effective use of essential inorganic metallic elements. Chelation has been described as nature’s marriage ceremony, which weds two substances into a working partnership! Haemoglobin, for example, is a chelate of iron.

As we age, free radicals tend to build up in the cells of our bodies. Free radicals are produced as a by-product of normal body processes, but when they build up, they start to damage the cells of the body everywhere. It is largely realized today, that whether or when one succumbs to degenerative diseases like atherosclerosis depends largely on the body’s ability to defend itself against free-radical attack. Free radicals in blood vessels cause mutation of normal cells to atheroma cells (cells that are benign tumours) and promote spasm and clot formation (thrombosis). 

Chelation therapy uses EDTA, a small protein-related amino acid molecule that is a chelate of metals like lead, cadmium, etc, to attract these metals where they are loosely bound in the blood vessels and cause free-radical damage. EDTA forms a chemical bond with these metals, which facilitates their removal from sites where they are in excess and causing damage.

Once the body becomes free of the unhealthy build-up of these metallic substances and free-radicals, the body’s natural healing processes have time to kick in. The time required for this healing process, explains why it often takes a few months for the full benefits of chelation therapy to be seen.

A complete course of chelation treatment usually comprises of 30 or more sessions of 3 to 4 hours each, of EDTA drip at the chelation doctor’s clinic, depending on the condition being treated. Besides as treatment for calcified coronary arteries, Chelation therapy is also useful for other vascular diseases. This method has been used for over a century for metallic poisoning during wars, chemical mishaps, etc. In such cases though, the chelating formula is altered as per the needs of the individual.

SOME PROVEN BENEFITS OF CHELATION THERAPY INCLUDE:

  • Many of the benefits of Chelation therapy accrue from its main benefit of improving blood circulation in large arteries as well as small capillaries
  • Another benefit of EDTA chelation therapy is its ability to improve arterial elasticity
  • By virtue of its curbing effect on the build-up of free-radicals, EDTA chelation treatment helps restore the normal production of ‘prostacyclin’ (the “Teflon” of the arteries), which prevents spasms, blocks clots, reduces platelet “stickiness” and improves blood-flow even in diseased arteries. (Prostacyclin production turns off in the vicinity of free radical activity)
  • The main benefit of EDTA chelation treatment for individuals suffering from atherosclerosis is that it stops excessive production of free-radicals in its tracks, thus allowing damaged arteries to heal.
  • EDTA Chelation treatment has been known to reduce serum cholesterol levels.
  • EDTA Chelation treatment usually results in a lowering of blood pressure.
  • EDTA Chelation treatment is known to heal ulcers caused by poor circulation, like those commonly found on the legs of some severely diabetic patients.

Perhaps the true wonder of EDTA chelation therapy is that this simple process of relocating free metallic ions and removing metallic build-up and free-radicals from the circulatory system, has not only translated into an improvement of symptoms like angina, breathlessness, inability to exercise, etc, for millions of people world-wide, but has reduced manifold the incidence of heart-attacks and strokes for these people, without the risks of heart surgery.

DOES CHELATION THERAPY HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?

Chelation therapy if administered properly, does not have any side-effects. However, it is very important that it is performed by a doctor or technician who is highly trained in the process. In every event, dosages, length of sessions and time lapse between sessions must be decided by a cardiologist trained in and experienced with chelation therapy. These decisions have to be based on the patient’s specific history and risk factors, and must take into account the functioning of the liver and kidneys, which are ultimately the organs that need to assist the chelation process by eliminating metallic ions from the body. Make sure that you go to a reputed Chelation clinic that follows strict protocol for chelation therapy.

IS CHELATION THERAPY EXPENSIVE?

The cost of chelation therapy in India would vary from clinic to clinic and chelation doctor to chelation doctor. Unfortunately, in India chelation therapy is not currently covered by medical insurance. However, IPC Heart Care Center’s very own DrPratiksha is working hard to get the government to take countries like the UK as a case in point and recognize the need to cover chelation therapy in medical insurance policies. In any event, the cost of chelation therapy in India is a pittance when compared with the cost of say a bypass or even an angioplasty surgery at a private hospital. However, we implore heart patients not to really compare the costs, but to undergo the treatment that their doctors and they feel is really right for them, after making an informed decision about the choices. For those who cannot afford the luxury of not considering costs, we do try to organize donations so we can offer our treatments at a discount to people who cannot afford them.