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The heart is comprised of main arteries that surround it and supply oxygen and other nutrients to the heart muscle. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) involve the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. Most common "hot spots" according to James C. Roberts M.D., an Integrative Cardiologist in Toledo Ohio, are the left main coronary artery and where it splits into the left anterior descending and left circumflex arteries on the outer surface of the heart which supply the front and side walls of the heart muscle. In the neck the carotid arteries are the "hot spots" because they feed the front of the brain where thinking occurs. If these arteries become narrowed or blocked, which is what happens in atherosclerotic disease, the blood to the major parts of the brain is compromised.
How Plaque Develops
The immune system is constantly on the alert to a foreign invasion of bad bacteria, toxic chemicals from food, air, smoking, artificial colors and flavors, synthetic drugs, toxic metals, and bad fats, poor diet and food allergies. Other factors are excess stress, electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s), and more. All of this creates inflammation in the body which in turn causes plaque in the arteries throughout the body.
According to Dr. Roberts, stress can speed things up. For a cardiac patient, emotional stress is deadly. Blood vessels can spasm and tighten up, creating more deficiency to the heart. Plaque is dynamic. Left to its own devices, it will increase, causing narrowing of the arteries, and subsequent high blood pressure.
It is important to look at plaque not just from the viewpoint of the heart, but rather the whole body. Plaque is a contributing factor in high blood pressure (hypertension), as well as peripheral vascular disease contributing to poor circulation in the legs.
Heavy metals such as lead and cadmium contribute to plaque build-up. Case studies have shown that once the load of heavy metals are removed through the process of intravenous EDTA, circulation improves, blood pressures decrease, exercise tolerance increases, angina is often eliminated, and further plaque build-up is stopped with continued maintenance therapy. I have found this to be true over the last 15 years of treating patients in my office with IV EDTA Chelation treatments. Because EDTA takes plaque out of the tiny blood vessels throughout the body and the vessels in the brain, it has been shown to help with improved memory as well.
For years it was thought that having a high cholesterol and triglycerides contributes to plaque build-up on the blood vessel walls. In the past cholesterol was not considered to be high unless it was 250 or higher. Now with cholesterol lowering drugs some doctors would like to see total cholesterol at or below 100. Cholesterol is not the culprit in forming plaque – that is, not the low and high density lipoproteins called LDL and HDL the body produces naturally through the liver. It is when cholesterol is attacked by free radicals that it becomes oxidized and causes arterial inflammation leading to plaque buildup. Oxidized LDL as well as high triglycerides is harmful, however HDL and non-oxidized LDL can actually be beneficial. Taking antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, CoQ10, as well as other supplements can help counteract the free radicals that do havoc to the body. Many new diagnostic Cardiac tests are now available to measure risks for heart attack and stroke such as the PLAC (Lp-PLA2), oxidized LDL, CRP, Homocysteine, Fibrinogen, Apo A-1, Apo B, Co-Q10, and of course Heavy Metals, all of which we offer. Alternatively, this test can be ordered directly from our website prior to visiting or phone consulting with Dr. Psonak by clicking HERE.
Please feel free to contact us at Chelation Medical Center for a test to determine if you have a high load of toxic metals, or other risk factors that may be major contributors to heart disease or stroke, and if IV chelation is right for you.
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