EDTA Plaque Removal

Dear Sir,

A few cardiologists are of the opinion that when calcium is deposited in coronary plaque, the plaque becomes stable and not vulnerable for rupture and hemorrhage, and so there is no sudden occlusion of vessel.

But when we perform EDTA chelation, the calcium in the plaque is removed either partially or fully and the plaque becomes soft, exposing the underlying platelet aggregates, etc., thus making the plaque vulnerable to rupture and bleeding. This is a hypothetical cause of complete blockage, leading to myocardial infarction.

Is this possible, and do you have you any documentation that this does not happen?.

With regards.
Dr. C. KOTESWARA RAO.
Guntur Area, India


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Dear Dr. Rao,

This interesting question comes up from time to time—i.e., that removing the “metastatic calcium” in a sclerotic artery will somehow result in a worsening of the sclerosed vessel, or that a piece of calcified plaque will “break off” resulting in an embolus.

In fact, to my knowledge, this has never been reported to happen, despite the millions of chelation treatments that have been administered by thousands of physicians around the world since the 1950s. See Table 1 from Mikirova et al. EDTA chelation therapy in treatment of toxic metal exposure. Spatula DD 2011;1:81-9.

Ward Dean, MD

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