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What is intravenous chelation therapy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

You may have read about a development called chelation therapy - basically an arterial Drano. In the process, a solution is injected into your veins, and it is supposed to bind with the calcium that hardens arterial plaque and subsequently clear it through your urine.

The theory that chelation therapy works to diminish the calcium in your plaque has never been proven, but there's anecdotal evidence that it can help clear arteries in some people. It's very enticing but still experimental. An even better Drano promises to be a new drug that is a super HDL called alpha-1-Milano. Look for it in the next few years if it passes the scientifically rigorous clinical trials.

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