Enhanced vasculotoxic metal excretion in post-myocardial infarction patients following a single edetate disodium-based infusion

Ivan A. Arenas, Ana Navas Acien, Ian Ergui, Gervasio A. Lamas

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Toxic metals have been associated with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. We have hypothesized that enhanced excretion of vasculotoxic metals might explain the positive results of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT). The purpose of this study was to determine whether a single infusion of the edetate disodium- based infusion used in TACT led to enhanced excretion of toxic metals known to be associated with cardiovascular events. Methods Twenty six patients (post-MI, age > 50 years, serum creatinine ≤ 2.0 mg/dL) were enrolled in this open-label study. Urinary levels of 20 toxic metals normalized to urinary creatinine concentrations were measured at baseline in overnight urine collections, for 6 h following a placebo infusion of 500 mL normal saline and 1.2% dextrose, and for 6 h following a 3 g edetate disodium-based infusion. Self-reported metal exposure, smoking status, food frequency, occupational history, drinking water source, housing and hobbies were collected at baseline by a metal exposure questionnaire. Results The mean age was 65 years (range 51–81 years). All patients were male. 50% had diabetes mellitus and 58% were former smokers. Mean (SD) serum creatinine was 0.95 (0.31) mg/dL. Toxic metals were detected in the baseline urine of >80% of patients. After placebo infusion there were no significant changes in total urinary metal levels. After edetate infusion, total urinary metal level increased by 71% compared to baseline (1500 vs. 2580 µg/g creatinine; P<0.0001). The effect of edetate was particularly large for lead (3835% increase) and cadmium (633% increase). Conclusions Edetate disodium-based infusions markedly enhanced the urinary excretion of lead and cadmium, toxic metals with established epidemiologic evidence and mechanisms linking them to coronary and vascular events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-449
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Research
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cadmium
  • Chelation therapy
  • Edetate disodium
  • Heavy metals
  • Lead

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)

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