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EDTA, aortic stenosis and Alpha1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
Posted by: KarenPiper
Date: April 15, 2009 10:15 PM

I have been diagnosed with Aortic Valve Stenosis that is so severe my only option would be surgery to replace the clogged heart valvue. Surgery is questionable because I have other serious health problems such as Alpha1-Antitrypsin Deficiency induced COPD and Temporal and Giant Cell Arteritis and they do not think I could survive the surgery. I am taking Prednisone for the Temporal Arteritis (20 mg daily) and receive weekly infusions of Zemaira (proteinase inhibitor) for the Alpha1. I am considering trying EDTA but would like to know if this could present any problems with the Alpha1 which primarily affects the lungs but can also affect the liver function as well.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at April 15, 2009 11:32 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: EDTA, aortic stenosis and Alpha1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
Posted by: drron
Date: April 15, 2009 11:39 PM

I have not heard of a problem giving EDTA in the presence of Alpha1-Antitrypsin Deficiency and I cannot find a reference to it on the Internet. That does not necessarily mean there could not be such a problem, but I can say that the nature of EDTA would not raise a suspicion that there might be a problem which has not already been discovered in relationship to Alpha1-Antitrypsin Deficiency. EDTA takes out heavy metals and, to a lesser degree, minerals (which are easily replaced with a good diet and/or a supplement program).

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