Guess what is the deadliest disease in the world that is collapsing the life quality of millions of people around the world. It is the coronary artery disease (CAD), also known an ischemic heart disease. This is caused due to the deposition of fatty substance or cholesterol on the inner walls of arteries, which in turn block or restricts the flow of blood. Subsequently, heart muscles get deprived of oxygen in the blood and results in angina or chest pain. What is the way out? Let us find it out.

Most of the time, doctors usually advise for the conventional methodologies – medication or surgery. As long as the block gets cleared by life style changes and medications like beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and nitroglycerine, it is fine. But is it necessary to undergo angioplasty or coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) that is loaded with risks. Before analyzing the alternatives, let us see what cannot be rectified through angioplasty and CABG.

Angioplasty and Stenting: It is true that angioplasty can be completed in 2 hours with mild sedation through local anesthesia. But angioplasty cannot be employed if the coronary artery is very small or the blockage is complete that the balloon cannot cross it. Moreover, the chances of restenosis, the artery getting narrowed again, is quite high at 40%.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: It is a very major surgery that is employed to treat when multiples arteries gets narrowed. CABG can be carried out if the patient agrees for deployment of artificial heart-lung machine for blood circulation, usage of general anesthesia, a weeklong stay at hospital, and a recovery period of atleast 3 months. Again CABG cannot be done for blockages in small coronary arteries.

It is also true that many patients would like to avoid angioplasty, bypass surgery for various reasons. What about them? Is there any other avenue to get a second opinion? Is there any alternative methodology to provide ailment for CAD? YES! It is Chelation therapy. This non-invasive procedure has rendered astonishing results in numerous cases. Chelation therapy works on a brilliant medical scheme – it removes the fatty deposits along the walls of arteries and restores the blood flow back to normalcy.

No surgery, No stents, nothing of any sort. The treatment is through IV that contains the medical solution such as EDTA in di-sodium form to dissolve the fatty acids. Ofcourse, the course of treatment is decided only after physical assessments that include blood tests, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Exercise Tolerance Test (EET), Echocardiography, and Stress Echocardiography. If necessary Angiogram, CT angiography and Nuclear Isotope Imaging are also carried out to carefully assess the condition and arrive at best possible line of treatment.

Doctors of Poona Preventive Cardiology Center have provided chelation therapy in Pune for several patients who are apprehensive of surgery and hence wanted to avoid angioplasty, bypass at any cost. The maximum effect of chelation therapy can be clearly observed after 20 sessions, with each session lasting for 3 hours.

Chelation therapy is fast gaining its due popularity and without any doubt, it is a better proposition than undergoing bypass surgery in most of the cases.

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