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 CM  Vol.1 No.2 , September 2010
The Effect of EDTA Chelation Therapy in Symptomatic Coronary Heart Disease: An Observational Study
Abstract: Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid (EDTA) chelation therapy has been considered a definitive alternative therapy for by-pass surgery in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease for more than four decades. It is a relatively inexpensive method believed to restore blood flow in atherosclerotic vessels. However, the benefits of chelation therapy yet remain controversial in the treatment of ischemic heart disease. We observed the effect of EDTA chelation therapy on exercise tolerance in 13 volunteering patients receiving conventional treatment for established symptomatic coronary heart disease. Each patient received 30 weekly infusions of EDTA followed by monthly 12 boosters according to the ACAM protocol (American College for Advancement in Medicine). This was in addition to the conventional therapies they received from their respective physician in hospital. Stress ECG, echocardiography and coronary angiogram findings were obtained at the beginning of treatment. The distance that a patient could walk on level ground at moderate speed and the number of steps he/she can climb up on a staircase until he/she begins to feel either chest pain or breathlessness were the two clinical parameters of exercise tolerance recorded to grade angina. Liver and renal functions were tested at 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th and 30th infusions. Of the 13 patients, 11 showed improvement in angina grading whilst 2 experienced no effect. One patient improved from angina grade IV to I, 6 from grade III to I, 1 from grade III to II and 3 from grade II to I. A statistically significant reduction in the mean score (p = 0.002) was noticed at 6th month of treatment when compared to that of the first month. A significant 1.7 fold increase (p = 0.009) in the mean SGPT level was observed at the 30th infusion when compared to the pre-treatment values. The SGOT level showed no significant change (p = 0.664). None of the patients showed clinical features of hepato-cellular damage. The mean serum creatinine level showed a trend for reduction (p = 0.083) with treatment. The recognized side effects of intravenous EDTA chelation therapy such as liver damage, renal damage, hypersensitivity, symptomatic hypocalcaemia, and thrombophlebitis were not encountered. Thus, EDTA chelation therapy as prescribed by the ACAM protocol seems safe and effective in improving exercise tolerance in ischemic heart disease when administered concurrently with conventional therapy.
Cite this paper: nullC. Goonasekera, R. Tennakoon, P. Rajakrishna, G. Gunasena, C. Wanniarachchi, A. Yatawatta and U. Munidasa, "The Effect of EDTA Chelation Therapy in Symptomatic Coronary Heart Disease: An Observational Study," Chinese Medicine, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2010, pp. 49-54. doi: 10.4236/cm.2010.12010.
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