Procedure of ACT
  • EDTA is prepared according to the International ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine) protocol.
  •  It is administered through an IV drip lasting 3-4 hours in a day-care management.
  •  The number of IV sessions depends on the severity of the artery blocks, the condition of the heart and the physical condition of the patient 1-30 sittings, depending on the individual, each of duration 3-4 hours are required over a period of 3-4 months.
  •  EDTA, the chelating agent, binds with Calcium and other minerals in the blockages and improves the blood flow in 40,000 miles of arteries in the body.
  •  This treatment is highly customized per individual with extensive medical evaluation and monitoring coupled with a lifestyle management workshop.

 

 

 

Angioplasty/Stent

Bypass Surgery

ACT

Procedure

Stretch artery and place stent

Attach new vessel around blocked site

IV medication & Life style management

Anesthesia

May be needed

Needed

Nil

Blood transfusion

No

Yes

No

Scar of cut

No

Yes

No

Pain

Yes

Yes

No

Hospital stay

Few days

Few weeks

2½ to 3 hours*

Return to work

Days to weeks

Weeks to months

Same day

Procedure danger

Yes

Yes

No

Surgery unfit patients

May not Possible

Not Possible

Possible

Failed bypass

May not be possible

May not be possible

Possible

Complications

Possible   +

Possible   ++

Nil

Procedure deaths

+    0.4 to 1 %

++  1 to 8%

Nil

Heart attack due to procedure

+    3%

++  5 to 10%

Nil

Emergency CABG

Needed in 2 to 5%

Itself bypass surgery

Nil

Results

85 to 90%

80 to 90%

80 to 90%

Re-block chances

40% by 6 months

10 to 20% by 1 year

Maintenance program

Other benefits

No

No

Yes  *

Reversal of other blocks

No

No

Yes

Preventive procedure

No

No

Yes

Cost effectiveness

No

No

Yes

 



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