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The default position for the vast majority of mainstream cardiologists and emergency doctors treating a patient with angina and/or arterial blockage is the insertion of a stent – a tiny tube that can be inserted into the artery to restore blood flow.
As the mainstream medicine-pushing Healthline.com explains:
Stents are usually necessary when plaque blocks a blood vessel. Plaque is made of cholesterol and other substances that attach to the walls of a vessel.
You may need a stent during an emergency procedure. An emergency procedure is more common if an artery of the heart called a coronary artery is blocked. Your doctor will first place a catheter into the blocked coronary artery. This will allow them to do a balloon angioplasty to open the blockage. They’ll then place a stent in the artery to keep the vessel open.
The cost of the stent procedure in the U.S. averages between $28,000 to $30,000, and it quickly rose to a multi-billion dollar industry following its approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 1994. It’s a lucrative business for heart doctors. They also seem to believe stent procedures shield them from malpractice suits as patients have become convinced that their best chance of cure is always found in a drug and/or a medical procedure.
But the evidence doesn’t bear this out. Numerous studies – several of them many years old – show that insertion of the stent does not prevent heart attacks and does not extend the lives of patients. Yet mainstream doctors continue to install stents as if by rote. The physicians would rather be seen as having done something even when doing nothing is a better option.
As Dr. David L. Brown, the co-author of one such study conducted in 2012 says, “nobody that’s not having a heart attack needs a stent.”
Still, hundreds of thousands of stable patients receive stents each year even though 1 in 50 of them will suffer a serious complication or die not from heart disease, but as a result of the procedure itself.
In an article recently appearing in The Atlantic, Dr. Brown related how during a recent conference with 80 doctors he showed data from thousands of patients in randomized controlled trials demonstrating that stents yielded no benefit to stable patients above noninvasive treatments. Yet when he asked for a show of hands from doctors who would continue using the stent procedure as they had previously, more than half the doctors raised their hands.
And while the stent may open up an artery clogged by arterial plaque, the underlying problem has not been solved. It’s akin to plumber drilling a hole through a clog in a pipe. The clog is still there rotting the pipe away. And you especially haven’t solved anything if you continue to pour the same things down the drain – i.e., continue with the same diet and lifestyle. And I’m not talking about the mainstream’s version of “lifestyle,” which they have turned into a code phrase for eating lots of grains and no natural healthy fat.
If your doctor’s first response is to insert a stent you should get away as fast possible and find another doctor who can advise you regarding the natural and noninvasive steps you can use to clear your arteries of plaque, improve your cholesterol ratio and thus improve your heart health.
You should start by changing your diet and lifestyle. Eliminate smoking first and foremost. You will also rejuvenate your arteries and your circulation if you begin exercising. Anything is better than nothing, but dozens of recent studies show that simply walking will give you the results you want. Pack your diet with healthy, whole foods like fruits and vegetables (mostly raw), and lean protein. If you already have artery plaque, avoid eating too many grains (yes, even whole grains, because most will spike your blood sugar, causing inflammation). Avoid inflammatory omega-6 fats and excess amounts of meat; and stay away from alcohol (a little bit of beer is fine because of the b-vitamins, but other alcohols are mostly sugar). Avoid processed foods at all cost.
Garlic has major health benefits, specifically for cardiovascular disease. It relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. In particular, aged garlic extract can reverse the buildup of plaque in arteries and help prevent the progression of heart disease.
Research from the University of Michigan Health System indicates tart cherries provide the same cardiovascular benefits as many cardiologists’ favorite prescription drugs and also reduce the risk of stroke, but without the physiological side effects. The research showed that consuming U.S.-produced Montmorency tart cherries activates PPAR isoforms — PPAR agonists are a class of drugs designed to regulate fat and glucose — in many of the tissues of the human body. Researchers believe that anthocyanins, the pigments that give the fruit its red color, may be responsible for PPAR activation. This means less inflammation and lower blood sugar.
EDTA chelation therapy is approved by the FDA to remove heavy metals and it will also dissolve calcium plaque. Unlike bypass surgery, which only bypasses a few inches of the arteries, EDTA works on the whole cardiovascular system. The focus of EDTA chelation therapy is on helping vascular conditions related to restricted blood flow due to atherosclerotic plaque. And EDTA chelation provides many other benefits.
My friend and colleague Dr. Michael Cutler has compiled a free report that details the many benefits of EDTA, and it’s available here.
There is also a non-invasive therapy called Enhanced External Counter-Pulsation. EECP was developed more than 50 years ago and should be considered before bypass surgery. A main and essential feature of (EECP) mechanism is the development tand recruitment of collateral arteries. Collateral or new arteries implies more circulation and less angina.
Yes, this is the spontaneous growth and development of brand new arteries on and around the heart to supply new and improved blood flow and oxygen to the heart.
Use of stents on stable patients is just one of some 156 active medical practices mainstream doctors default to even though studies show are probably unsafe or ineffective.