Plaquex Q & A
What is Plaquex?
Plaquex is a compounded medicine that contains polyunsaturated phosphatidylcholine (PC). PC makes up all the cell membranes in the body as well as the transport vehicles for cholesterol, such as HDL and LDL. Cell membranes consist of a double layer of PC molecules. Embedded in between these molecules are receptors for signaling proteins such as hormones, neurotransmitters and many more. Cholesterol molecules are also embedded in this layer to give the cell its stability. As we age, the PC in the cell membranes becomes damaged by toxins, detergents, free radicals, heavy metals, smoking, hypertension, high blood sugar as well as high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin. With aging, the body is no longer able to produce enough PC to repair this damage. Consequences of this damage are cardiovascular disease with plaque deposits in the blood vessels, liver damage, kidney damage and brain damage. Besides making up all the cell membranes, PC also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Effects of Plaquex
Plaquex Therapy restores cell membrane integrity and cell membrane function. It thereby normalizes the cell metabolism. This in turn helps to clear out plaque deposits and improve the function of all organs, including liver and kidneys. It also improves the blood flow properties so blood can flow more easily without the use of blood thinners. It also has an effect on important enzymes involved with blood lipids. It thereby reduces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and increases HDL cholesterol.
Plaquex has been studied in many countries since the 1950s. Plaquex is used to treat atherosclerosis. It is given to patients suffering from angina pectoris whose coronary arteries contain plaque deposits, but also in patients with carotid artery plaque and peripheral plaque in the legs causing claudication pain when walking. Because of its effect on the liver and the kidneys, it is also used to improve the function of both these organs. As a nice bonus effect, it also improves skin texture and helps with a more youthful appearance.
What does the treatment Involve?
Before the first Plaquex treatment is given, blood samples are taken for the determination of important serum parameters of organ function, which will be monitored during the course of the Plaquex treatment. It is important that heart patients undergo a CAT scan exam before and after completing Plaquex therapy. An ultrasound exam of the carotid arteries before and after the treatment should be done in case of carotid stenosis. A Doppler ultrasound is done if the stenosis is in one or more of the leg arteries.
A check-up is usually done by the treating physician, who will discuss your present use of medications such as Beta-Blockers, Nitroglycerin and also supplements, diet and exercise with you.
How is Plaquex administered?
It is administered by infusion with a venous catheter over a period of 90 minutes. A minimum of 20-40 Plaquex infusions is suggested. In severe cases of heart disease (Bypass and Angioplasty candidates) up to 45 or more treatments with Plaquex may be required. Plaquex can be alternated with classical Chelation treatments.
What are possible side effects?
Plaquex treatments are extremely safe. The most common side effect is diarrhea that can be easily managed by reducing the frequency of treatment and the use of medication. In Asian patients there may be a feeling of fatigue and a drop-in blood pressure. Because of this possibility doctors are advised to give a lower dosage to such patients. Very rarely there can be some burning at the infusion site. If this happens, let your doctor know so he can undertake steps to prevent this in future treatments. Occasionally the liver enzymes and the cholesterol values will go up. Studies have shown that this is due to an increased clearance of cholesterol from the plaque deposits and is only transient. They will return to normal.
The importance of maintenance therapy
Following completion of the treatment, it is highly recommended that you see your doctor regularly. As Plaquex does not treat the underlying cause of plaque deposits, it is recommended to undergo a maintenance program of 10 –12 treatments every year as a prophylactic measure. Should symptoms start returning you may require another small series. You should also take Plaquex Oral softgels to help keep the results achieved by the infusions. Your lifestyle (smoking, drinking, healthy diet) as well as your condition of health (e.g. diabetes) will dictate your results.
Could Plaquex Help Me?
If you are interested in finding out whether Plaquex might benefit you, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to speak with our knowledgeable physician who can discuss your symptoms, history and determine if this technique is suitable for you.