What alternative treatments are avaiable for blocked arteries?

3 answers | Last updated: Sep 21, 2016
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is there alternative for 75% block arteries in the heart aside from angioplasty or bypass? like food nutrition, chelation or superphos something?

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Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40 years of nursing experience in Cardiology between them. The main goal of their work is to counsel, motivate and empower women to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

The only proven and reliable treatments for blocked arteries are angioplasty/stenting or surgery. Other therapies may help prevent the progression of mild narrowings (such as a 30 or 40% narrowing) to a more severe blockage.

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Ash4456 answered...

I am not medically trained and you should certainly consult and work with a medical professional. But I do know that there are alternatives to expensive, risky, and invasive procedures.

Read Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Both have conducted peer reviewed research showing that a radical change in diet can prevent progression of coronary artery disease and in some cases reverse blockage of arteries. Also Dr. MacDougall has a very helpful web site with lots of information on this issue. http://www.drmcdougall.com

Good luck

Diet and lifestyle changes can have a tremendous impact on preventing the progression of coronary artery disease but there are NO large reliable prospective scientific studies to demonstrate the reversal of disease. I was even at an American Heart Association conference several years ago when Dr Ornish himself admitted in front of a room full of cardiology experts that disease progression but not reversal could be achieved by following his recommedations. So just be cautious when reading some of the claims of reversing heart disease.