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Chest pain, angina, heart troubles?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

By: Dr. Greg Eckel

A recent headline, “NIH trial gives a surprising boost to chelation therapy.” caught my attention. The TACT trial (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) is the first trial the NIH has done on chelation therapy. Odd, given there are text books written on it’s benefits and several hundred’s of thousands of IV’s happening a year, benefiting many patients across the country.

The primary end point of the trial- the composite death, MI, stroke, coronary revascularization, or hospitalization for angina, was significantly lowered in the chelation group. The study showed statistical significance. The studies inclusion criteria was that patients had to have had a cardiac event before enrollment.

There is much controversy of these findings and most major media outlets downplayed the significance. The controversy is there have been hundreds of doctors using chelation therapy for their cardiac patients, essentially rendering bypass surgery irrelevant. The industry doesn’t like this and raises all kinds of flags around it’s use. While research is very valuable, we also have clinical evidence to look at. Chelation therapy has been a very effective therapy for patients with cardiac issues.

We use chelation therapy for patients with hypertension, chest pain, post stroke, and generally it’s considered for anyone with cardiac issues. Of course we do a thorough work up and determine what the best course of therapy is for the individual.

The study I reference (TACT) showed biggest benefit for those with diabetes and cardiac profile.

We have begun a partnership with an imaging/ testing company which will come right down to our clinic and run the initial workup for our patients and partnered with an integrative cardiologist for some of the most comprehensive care around!

If you or a loved one has had an event, or have family members with cardiac family histories, please don’t hesitate to call and talk with me, or set up an initial complimentary consult to see if we maybe able to help!

Here’s to your health!

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