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Stents Just Implanted
Posted by: guitrpikr
Date: February 20, 2016 7:10 AM

I recently had a heart attack and was transported to Kaiser SF. I did some research about bypass surgery, and decided I was against it. However, after consulting with my cardiologist, I agreed to having two stents placed in my two arteries that were obstructed. It was a horribly painful experience, and I now wish I had not agreed to do it. I am 62 years of age, with absolutely no risk factors. My blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and any other risk factors, are all normal. I just read that gout is a risk factor for heart disease. I assume this might be why I have heart disease. My question is this: Will chelation therapy affect the stints that I have, along with the drug that the stent releases (Everolimus)? Would it be safe for me to have chelation therapy now or in the future? My cholesterol is 120, yet the doctor wants me on lipotor. I have to take Plavix for a year, as well.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at February 20, 2016 5:24 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Stents Just Implanted
Posted by: drron
Date: February 20, 2016 5:37 PM

The only important cholesterol reading is the LDL. The most recent recommendation is to hold the LDL to 60 or less. Sometimes there are no significant risk factors and there is vascular disease anyway. That is why they are called "risk" not "cause" factors. I can't tell you if you needed the stints or not. Doctors are generally too fast to put those in because they don't know what else to do. However at certain stages stints and bypasses may be life saving, however large scale studies show no statistical advantage over straight medical therapy in terms of mortality, The ACAM protocol for chelation therapy, if consistently applied, would surely lower your risk of ever having to confront the another circumstance requiring a decision such as the one you made to have stints. As to the safety of having chelation therapy, very safe, no contraindications. One more note: overall health is important to maintaining a healthy heart. We all know what that requires. The challenge is developing and maintaining the lifestyle to achieve it. If you need coaching to achieve that, I can suggest to find a doc well qualified for that.

Re: Stents Just Implanted
Posted by: guitrpikr
Date: March 3, 2016 3:37 AM

Thanks for the information, Dr. Kennedy.
My left coronary artery was 100 % blocked, and the right was 60 to 80% blocked. I had plenty of blood supply, and from much reading, I seem to not have really had a true heart attack. At least according to a Dr. Debra Braverman, who uses EECP exclusively in her practice in Philadelphia. Are you familiar with EECP? I just finished her book on it. I found it very exciting.

I was told by another cardiologist that chelation only removes the calcium, and not the other components like fats/cholesterol, and whatever else may be combined in the plaque. Is this true?

Terry Beckham

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