Chelation Latest Therapy Proven Ineffective for Heart Disease
Robertson says that once she looked at the articles, she "advised against the treatment."
But very few Americans have a nationally known cardiologist in the family. So they will need to rely upon published studies, says Sidney Smith, MD, chief science officer for the AHA.
The real danger with these treatments is that people will ignore good, proven therapies for the "cure du jour," says Smith. "I think this is a very good study that will be very useful to us."
Although Wyse's study showed no benefit for chelation, it also didn't find that it was dangerous. Only one person showed any sign of kidney damage -- the most harmful side effect associated with chelation -- and it was a reversible condition. "The real potential for harm comes when people forget about taking their real medicines in favor of this treatment," he says.
But Wyse didn't slam the door on chelation for heart disease. He says the therapy still needs to be examined in a larger study. That study is being undertaken by the National Institutes of Health.