What is BCA (Biochemical Angioplasty)?
BCA or what medically called Chelation Therapy is a chemical process in which a substance is used to bind molecules, such as metals or minerals, and hold them tightly so that they can be removed from the body. Chelation has been used to rid the body of excess or toxic metals like lead, which play a key role in worsening coronary atherosclerosis.
The use of disodium EDTA for heart disease has for about a decade to treat heart disease and other diseases grew, however, in the United States by nearly 68 percent, to an estimated 111,000 people using it annually.
(Chelation Therapy helps in reducing calcified plaques in arteries)
Methodology of Chelation Therapy:
When used as a complementary treatment for heart disease along with ECP, a health care provider typically administers a solution of disodium EDTA, a man-made amino acid, in a series of infusions through the veins. A course of treatment can require 30 or more infusions of several hours each, taken weekly until the maintenance phase. Patients also typically take high-dose pills of vitamins and minerals.
in Studies conducted in U.S. it has been found that chelation plus high-dose vitamins and minerals produced the greatest reduction in risk of cardiovascular events.
Is chelation therapy Safe?
It is a really safe procedure, provided given under monitoring as in some patients any fast infusion results minor reactions like feverishness, headache, and nausea. It is relatively contraindicated in patients with severe grades of renal failure. Patients with drug reactions will be checked for sensitivity before treatment.
Who should get the Chelation therapy? Do all patients undergoing ECP need it?
It is to be decided by the cardiologist/doctor deciding your therapy on the basis of your clinical profile and coronary status. Some blood tests are required before taking decision for the chelation therapy.
No, it is not needed by every patient. Although patients with no contraindications, can safely opt for BCA in addition.