CORONARY BYPASS SURGERY AND OTHER HEART PROCEDURES
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© August 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Know The Facts Ahead Of Time
Problems With Bypass Surgery
Causes For Clogged Arteries:
Emotional Or Other Stress
One of the most common operations today is coronary bypass surgery. The operation involves opening up the chest and replacing one or more of the coronary arteries that are partially or totally blocked.
The damaged artery is replaced with either:
1. An artificial artery made of a plastic material, OR
2. A piece of a vein that is taken from another part of the patientÕs body. This is removed from its normal location and sewed into place in the same location where the damaged artery was.
KNOW THE FACTS AHEAD OF TIME
When someone arrives in the Emergency Room or a doctorÕs office with chest pain, doctors often try to convince the patient to have bypass surgery quickly. If the patient hesitates or objects, often a lot of pressure is put on the patient. I have seen this many times. To counter this, you must know a few facts that your doctor may not share with you:
1. Arteries can unclog using a nutritional balancing program. No surgery or drugs are required. The natural approach is much safer and much less costly, as well.
2. Some chest pain is chest wall pain or costochondritis in medicalese. It is totally benign. It is also very easy to confuse with angina or heart pain. For more, read Chest Wall Pain on this site.
3. Bypass surgery is a costly, dangerous and usually unnecessary operation. Many holistic doctors, myself included, believe that heart bypass surgery is one of the worst and least necessary surgeries that one can have.
Statistics do not support the idea that bypass surgery saves many lives. Let us examine the problems with this surgery.
4. Cardiac catheterization, a diagnostic procedure, is also dangerous and should be avoided. It is discussed at the end of this article.
PROBLEMS WITH HEART BYPASS SURGERY
When a person goes to the emergency room with angina, or pain in the heart area, doctors often diagnose one of more clogged coronary arteries. Often, they immediately recommend heart bypass surgery – often scheduling it for the next day.
If the patient objects, he is often frightened into the surgery with dire warnings by the medical staff of the hospital. I have seen this over and over. So let us present the other side of the story that is rarely told to the patient. Problems with this surgery abound, and include:
1. All of the problems of surgery described in the Surgery article on this website. These include:
B. Blood clots that can cause heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary emboli and other serious complications.
C. Massive exposure to toxic drugs such as anesthesia, antibiotics, muscle relaxants and others. Bypass surgery is often a long, complex surgery so a lot of anesthesia is required. This builds up in the body and damages it in all cases.
D. Nutritional depletion due to surgery, eating hospital food, and shock to the body.
E. Other complications of all surgery such as bleeding or hemorrhage, surgical errors, and other mishaps.
F. Impoverishment. Bypass surgery can cost up to $500,000.00.
2. Mental impairment. This is a common result with this surgery. It is due to toxicity due to anesthesia, other drugs used in and after surgery, and nutritional depletion as a result of the same causes.
It is particularly important with bypass surgery because of the length of many of these operations. This exposes the brain and body to large amounts of toxic anesthesia drugs. Residues of these drugs remain in the brain, usually for life.
3. Often drug dependency. Usually, after surgery the doctor prescribes a host of drugs such as blood thinners, anti-hypertensive medications and others that the patient must take after surgery, often for years. One reason for this is that the doctor has not addressed the cause of the heart blockage, and just treats the symptoms with more toxic drugs that further worsen oneÕs health and shorten the lifespan.
4. Far worse overall health, as a result of the above.
5. Relapses. At times, the stents and artery replacements, clog up after several years. This occurs because no attention has been paid to the actual cause of the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
I have worked with a number of people who originally complained of angina pain, or had been told they required bypass surgery. In all cases, provided they followed the correct diet, took their nutritional supplements and lived a healthful lifestyle, their symptoms improved and no surgery was ever needed.
In addition, their overall health improved dramatically as they reduced the load of toxic metals, toxic chemicals and infections in their bodies.
WHAT CAUSES CLOGGED ARTERIES?
Toxic metals. Based on our research, the causes include the presence of toxic metals in the arteries that weaken them, make them rigid and brittle, and cause inflammation. Chief among these is cadmium, which replaces zinc, a mineral needed for the flexibility and health of the arteries.
Another problem metal is copper in excess. This damages all connective tissue, including the arteries and veins. Other toxic metals may be involved as well.
Nutrient deficiencies. These can also cause clogged arteries. Deficient nutrients include trace minerals, vitamins such as vitamin A, B, C, D and E, primarily, and nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, which are deficient in almost everyone today.
Inflammation. Another cause is generalized inflammation of the body. This is often caused by excess accumulation of iron, manganese, aluminum and other metals in the form of oxides. These are extremely irritating to the body.
While one can take anti-oxidants to offset their effects somewhat, the best solution is to remove them. This is easy to do with a nutritional balancing program.
Emotional stress or other stress can also cause heart problems in some cases, as can infections in some cases.
All of the biochemical causes of clogged arteries can generally be reversed with a nutritional balancing program that removes the toxic metals, restores the nutrients the body requires, and gently and delicately balances the body chemistry. I also recommend the Pushing Down Mental Exercise, to reduce stress, help one control the emotions, and for overall improved health.
WHAT ABOUT CHELATION THERAPY?
Many holistic doctors and naturopaths use chelation therapy for arteriosclerosis, angina and other heart problems. Chelation is the use of substances, either natural or synthetic drugs, that strongly bind to toxic metals and remove them from the body.
While it is better than most bypass surgery, I do not recommend it and I never have needed it. Instead, nutritional balancing will remove ALL of the toxic metals, not just a few, much more thoroughly and more safely. For much more about chelation, please read the article entitled Chelation Therapy.
WHAT ABOUT ANGIOPLASTY INSTEAD OF BYPASS SURGERY?
Definition: Angioplasty is a surgical procedure in which a very small balloon or tube called a stent is placed inside a partially clogged artery to open up the artery.
The tube or stent is often treated with drugs to try to reduce the possibility of reclogging of the artery, also called restenosis.
Advantages: Angioplasty is a less invasive operation than bypass surgery. It is also much faster, and may even be done under local anesthesia. If so, one is exposed to many fewer drugs.
Disadvantages: Arteries that are opened up with balloons and stents can and do reclog or restenose in 6 months or 1 year after surgery.
Also, other complications can occur. One of the worst is called a stent thrombosis. This is basically a piece of plaque that breaks off the inside of an artery during surgery and gets stuck in an artery, essentially causing a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary thrombosis or possibly another serious complication. For this reason, when a person undergoes angioplasty, doctors require that one take anti-clotting drugs – often for life!
All the other complications of surgery are also possible, such as infection, surgical errors and more.
I would recommend a nutritional balancing program to unclog the arteries before even considering angioplasty.
DO WE RECOMMEND CARDIAC CATHETERISATION?
No. It is very dangerous, and not needed, in my view, if one is willing to follow a nutritional balancing program to correct clogged arteries.
It is a medical diagnostic procedure in which the doctor places a very thin tube inside an artery and then threads it up the artery into the heart area to check for clogged arteries and other problems.
The only time it might be needed is if a person is born with a heart defect, is preparing to undergo surgery to correct it, and the doctors need to know more about the problem than they can find out using other diagnostic methods. This is quite rare, however.
WHAT IS ANGIOGRAPHY?
This means taking an x-ray photo of the heart and coronary arteries, usually, to check their condition. Before the photos are taken, a dye is injected into the arteries that makes them show up easily on the x-rays.
This diagnostic procedure is fairly safe compared to cardiac catheterization. Rarely, someone reacts badly to the dye, but this does not occur often.
OTHER ARTICLES ABOUT CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONS
There are numerous articles about cardiovascular health conditions on this website. It is available by clicking here.