TREATMENT FOR BLOCKED ARTERIES
Arterial Clearance Therapy- There are alternatives to bypass surgery and angioplasty for the treatment of blocked arteries in most cases. Please don’t wait until you have time to find out what the choices are.
We are not against bypass surgery or coronary angioplasty per se at the IPC (Institute of Preventive Cardiology) Heart Care Center, Mumbai. Indeed, there are cases that warrant heart surgery, and we certainly make it a practise to recommend it to patients who are at imminent risk of heart failure or cardiac arrest. However, for most cases, we would like to make patients who have coronary artery blockages, their loved ones, and individuals in general aware that there are successful non-surgical methods available for the treatment of coronary artery disease.
The characteristics of the patients who come to us differ as far as any cardiac clinic or cardiologist is concerned. Most of our cardiac patients, however, fall into one of the following classifications:
- Those who are identified by cardiologists as not having enough artery blockage to warrant surgery, but may have atherosclerosis symptoms such as angina, shortness of breath, etc.
- Many with not much relief from symptoms or a return of symptoms and blockages that have already had one or even more angioplasties and/or bypass surgeries;
- Those that have been recommended by their cardiologist for surgery but are searching for non-surgical / non-invasive therapies for calcified arteries for arterial blockages.
Perhaps some would expect us to claim that with heart patients who fall under category ‘2 ‘or ‘3’ we are most vigilant, but each of our patients is handled with the utmost individualized treatment, and not typecast into any category. There are, of course, times when we have thought that we genuinely agree with the opinion of a cardiologist that surgery is appropriate, in which case we do our best to persuade the patient of the need for this. More often than not, however, we are optimistic that the non-surgical approach of IPC to heart disease will reap benefits that go beyond heart surgery, such as bypass and angioplasty, and without the complications of surgery.
IPC’s Approach in Arterial Clearance Therapy
IPC specialises in Artery Clearance Therapy (ACT), which is a non-invasive procedure to treat heart disease and many other vascular disorders in order to avoid and reverse them. In general, Arterial Clearance Therapy involves chelation therapy (CT), anti-oxidant administration, and lifestyle management. EECP (Enhanced External Counter Pulsation) and a variety of other natural supplementary therapies for reversing factors that lead to heart disease are also provided by IPC.
IPC is the largest chain of clinics in India providing extensive preventive cardiology facilities and successful non-invasive coronary artery disease treatment options, including coronary artery/artery blockage, artery calcification, atherosclerosis, etc.
Treatments offered by IPC Heart Care Centre
IPC also specialises in state-of-the-art non-invasive screening procedures for heart disease, in addition to atherosclerosis therapies. So, if you believe you have heart disease signs, or just want a check-up due to a family history of heart disease, please feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to help. We also have several preventive measures that we are delighted to share with everyone who is concerned about hitting them with heart disease.
It has been proven that ACT (Arterial Clearance Therapy) improves blood flow in the body. Not only does ACT work to clear the main arteries, but it also increases the flow of blood to smaller capillaries. No other procedure or arterial therapy does this.
In order to alleviate angina pain, prevent heart attacks, increase blood cholesterol levels, lower blood fats, decrease blood pressure, cure ulcers induced by poor circulation, and strokes, ACT has been recorded.
ACT reverses atherosclerosis and can, in certain patients, avoid heart attacks.
ACT is approximately 90% effective, i.e. 90 out of 100 ACT treated patients are improving. Depending on the disease process, outcomes differ from patient to patient.
ACT (Arterial Clearance Therapy) is recognized in England by the National Services of Health. It is performed in America by approximately 1500 clinics and many in England, France, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, etc.
The IPC Heart Care Centre’s founder and head, Dr. Pratiksha, is a world-renowned preventive cardiologist. Dr. Pratiksha and her team at the IPC Heart Care Centre have been pioneers in Maharashtra in the field of Preventive Cardiology and have done path-breaking work in the field of non-surgical heart ailment treatment. IPC also known as the best Arterial Clearance Therapy center in Mumbai
IPC is in scientific cooperation with London and Manchester Arterial Disease Clinic and uses procedure based on that of the American College of Medical Advancement.
The IPC has successfully treated more than 10,000 cases. We have a specific case selection process, and with each case, the number of treatment sessions and procedures to be followed is personalized. In order to treat our patients, we track patients closely and follow the foreign ACAM Protocol.
In enhancing arterial elasticity and blood flow to the heart, the IPC Heart Care Centre has a 90 percent success rate, thus significantly reducing the risks of heart failure and premature deaths.
Chelation Therapy is part and parcel of Arterial Clearance Therapy, and ACT is sometimes used synonymously with the term. Chelation is a non-surgical procedure for heart disease and other vascular disorders that is commonly used. Chelation therapy is also used with conditions associated with autism and the brain-related ailments.
WHAT IS CHELATION THERAPY?
Chelation Therapy is a non-surgical medical procedure that, by removing toxic metals (such as lead and cadmium) and relocating abnormally placed metallic ions in the body, enhances metabolic and circulatory function in several different ways. This is achieved using a tiny twenty-five-gauge needle or Teflon catheter by delivering a synthetic amino acid, ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA), by intravenous fusion. EDTA Chelation is a simple, inexpensive procedure that is typically performed and does not involve hospitalisation in a doctor’s clinic.
HOW DOES CHELATION WORK?
‘Chelation’ is essentially a chemical process of natural life that allows living organisms to assimilate and make efficient use of essential metallic inorganic elements. Chelation has been defined as the marriage ceremony of nature, which weds two substances into a working relationship! Haemoglobin, for example, is iron-chelate.
When we age, in the cells of our bodies, free radicals begin to build up. As a by-product of normal body processes, free radicals are formed, but when they build up, they start to destroy the body’s cells everywhere. Today, it is widely understood that when or when one succumbs to degenerative diseases such as atherosclerosis largely depends on the capacity of the body to protect itself from free-radical assault. Blood vessel free radicals cause atheroma cells (cells that are benign tumors) to mutate from ordinary cells and facilitate spasm and clot formation (thrombosis).
In order to attract these metals where they are loosely bound in the blood vessels and cause free-radical damage, chelation therapy uses EDTA, a small protein-related amino acid molecule that is a chelate of metals like lead, cadmium, etc. EDTA forms a chemical bond with these metals, promoting their removal from excess sites and causing damage.
The normal healing mechanisms of the body have time to kick in until the body becomes free of the harmful build-up of these metallic substances and free-radicals. The time taken for this phase of recovery explains why it always takes a few months to see the full effects of chelation therapy.
Depending on the condition being treated, a full course of chelation therapy normally consists of 30 or more sessions of 3 to 4 hours each of EDTA drip at the chelation doctor’s office. Chelation therapy is also effective for other artery conditions, in addition to treatment for calcified coronary arteries. This technique has been used during conflicts, chemical mishaps, etc. for metallic poisoning for over a century. However, in such situations, the chelating formula is altered according to the individual’s requirements.
SOME PROVEN BENEFITS OF CHELATION THERAPY INCLUDE:
Many of the advantages of chelation therapy come from its key advantage of enhancing the circulation of blood in large arteries and small capillaries.
- The ability to enhance arterial elasticity is another advantage of EDTA chelation therapy.
- EDTA chelation therapy helps to restore the regular development of “prostacyclin” (the “Teflon” of the arteries), which prevents spasms, blocks clots, decreases platelet “stickiness” and increases blood flow even in diseased arteries by virtue of its curbing effect on the build-up of free-radicals. (In the vicinity of free radical action, the development of prostacyclin turns off).
- For people suffering from atherosclerosis, the key advantage of EDTA chelation therapy is that it prevents the excessive development of free-radicals in its tracks, thereby allowing damaged arteries to heal.
- Treatment with EDTA Chelation has been known to reduce the level of serum cholesterol.
- EDTA Treatment with chelation typically results in a decrease in blood pressure.
- Ulcers caused by inadequate circulation, such as those usually found on the legs of some seriously diabetic patients, are known to be treated by EDTA Chelation therapy.
Perhaps the real wonder of EDTA chelation therapy is that this basic method of eliminating free metallic ions and eliminating metallic build-up and free radicals from the circulatory system has not only converted into an improvement for millions of people worldwide of symptoms such as angina, breathlessness, failure to exercise, etc but has also minimized the frequency of heart attacks and strangleholds.
DOES CHELATION THERAPY HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
Chelation therapy has no side-effects if done correctly. It is very necessary, however, that it is carried out by a physician or technician who is highly qualified in the process. In each case, a cardiologist trained in and familiar with chelation therapy must determine dosages, duration of sessions, and time-lapse between sessions. These decisions must be based on the clinical background and risk factors of the patient and must take into account the functioning of the liver and kidneys, which are essentially the organs that need to be supported by extracting metallic ions from the body in the chelation process. Make sure you go to a reputable chelation clinic that follows a strict chelation therapy protocol.
IS CHELATION THERAPY EXPENSIVE?
In India, the cost of chelation therapy varies from clinic to clinic and from chelation doctor to chelation doctor. Sadly, chelation therapy in India is not actually covered by medical insurance. Nevertheless, the very own Dr. Pratiksha of the IPC Heart Care Center is working hard to get the government to take countries like the UK as a case in point and understand the need for medical insurance plans to cover chelation therapy. In any case, as compared to the cost of a bypass or even angioplasty surgery at a private hospital, the cost of chelation therapy in India is a pittance. However, after making an educated decision about the options, we advise heart patients not to necessarily compare the costs, but to undertake the therapy that their doctors and they believe is really right for them. We strive to coordinate donations for those who cannot afford the privilege of not contemplating prices so that we can sell our therapies to those who cannot afford them at a discount.