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Intravenous chelation therapy
Posted by: Marcia
Date: December 8, 2002 6:53 PM

I am 77 years old with increased intima-media thickness in both carotid arteries and normal flow. My blood pressure is around 110/70. What, if any danger is there to my getting intravenous chelation therapy. If there is such a danger, what about oral chelation?

RE: Intravenous chelation therapy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: December 9, 2002 1:05 AM

No particular danger due to having the condition you mentioned. In fact, the danger would be in allowing the condition to progress. 2/3 of out population dies due to vascular disease and what you are describing is the beginning of the most common type of vascular disease, namely arteriosclerosis. Of course any medical procedure has risks. In the case of IV chelation therapy the risk is actual only if it is administered incorrectly or not monitored correctly. As to oral chelation, I think of that as mainly preventative and not as a treatment for a condition already present.

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