About EECP 2017-07-14T18:08:26+00:00

About EECP

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About EECP® And How It Works

When you learn about EECP you’ll understand that it is an alternative cardiovascular therapy. It works by pumping blood from the legs upward to the heart while the heart is at rest. The mechanism improves circulation throughout the body, promotes angiogenesis, and has long-term, positive effects.

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You lie on a comfortable bed during therapy.

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We hook your heart to a monitor.

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Three large blood pressure-like cuffs wrap around the calves, thighs, buttocks.

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When the heart pumps, the cuffs deflate rapidly and do not interfere with the body’s natural function.

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When the heart is at rest, the cuffs squeeze the calves thighs and buttocks in rapid sequence.

Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) Is Non-Surgical

EECP therapy is a safe, simple non-invasive, outpatient therapy. It helps people suffering from ischemic heart diseases such as angina and heart failure. The mechanism improves the flow of healthy, oxygenated blood to the heart by opening or forming small blood vessels called collaterals. Collaterals create a natural bypass around blocked arteries.

What Is EECP?

During therapy a set of inflatable cuffs (similar to blood pressure cuffs) mechanically compress the blood vessels in your lower limbs. This increases the blood flow and oxygen back to the heart, reducing the work that the heart has to do. It also improves circulation and strengthens the cardiopulmonary system. There are no risks or recovery time associated with the therapy. It is FDA-cleared, Medicare-approved and covered by most insurance.

EECP is the only non-invasive treatment for coronary artery disease, angina and congestive heart failure. The procedure reduces or eliminates angina, increases energy and helps patients return to a more active lifestyle. Patients who learn about this therapy can get treated for a variety of diseases and conditions:

  • Chronic stable angina (lack of blood to the heart that causes severe chest pains)
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart Attack
  • Cardiovascular Disease

At Global Cardio Centers we have helped hundreds of thousands of patients since 2002 improve their cardiovascular function. Our physicians see improvement as a result of EECP for people suffering from stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, angina/chest pain, heart failure, heart attack, and diseases like obesity, kidney failure, eye disease, and more.

EECP is a Treatment for the Following Diseases or Conditions:

  • Angina Pectoris
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Leg pain
  • Renal Failure
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Poor Circulation
  • Sports Enhancement
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Quality of Life
  • Exercise Duration and Increased Stamina

Improvement From EECP

People may experience the following direct benefit after 35 hours or more of EECP treatment:

  • Reduces arterial stiffness
  • Improves organ function
  • Improves blood flow to the brain
  • Strengthens heart and cardiovascular system
  • Increases lymphatic circulation
  • Reverses effects of heart disease: inhibits plaque buildup, increases stem cells, acts as anti-inflammatory, increases nitric oxide
  • Improves longevity with anti-aging effects
  • Antioxidant and detoxification effects
  • Increases collateral circulation
  • Creates new blood vessels
  • Stimulates natural bypass
  • Grows new arteries
  • Regenerates organs and tissue
  • Enhances quality of life (less fatigue, better sleep, more stamina, longer exercise duration, reduced stress, passive exercise benefit as from one hour of aerobics)
  • Decreases anxiety and depression

EECP Worldwide

There are more than 900 academic institutions and independent physician practices throughout the U.S. and the world that use EECP therapy for cardiovascular disease. They include:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Beth Israel Medical Center
  • The Cleveland Clinic
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • St. Francis Heart Hospital
  • University of New York at Stony Brook
  • NYU-Langone Medical Center
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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Nitric oxide is a vasodilator that opens and relaxes arteries to improve circulation.

Nitric Oxide Improves Arteries

The squeezing mechanism of EECP improves the hemodynamics of blood flow and shear stress to help elevate levels of nitric oxide and vascular endothelial growth factor from the endothelium (lining of the arterial walls). Nitric oxide is a vasodilator that opens and relaxes arteries to help improve circulation. During EECP nitric oxide contributes to less arterial stiffness and improved function of endothelial cells.

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Vascular endothelial growth factor is a hormone elevated during EECP.

Grow New Arteries with VEGF

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a hormone elevated during EECP that helps stimulate angiogenesis, the growth of new collaterals for blood flow around blockages, like a NaturalBypass®. EECP helps grow new arteries naturally and improves arterial function.

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Regenerative therapy is the process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore normal function.

Regenerative Therapy

Regenerative therapy is the process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. During EECP therapy, due to the blood flow, stem cells (progenitor and hematopoietic cells) found in bone marrow are excreted into the circulatory system resulting in reversal of organ dysfunction. For example, patients with diabetes often see improved function of the pancreas when EECP therapy REGENERATES PANCREATIC TISSUE TO PRODUCE INSULIN.

The Sara Soulati EECP Method™ should be done EARLY, OFTEN and for LIFE.

The Sara Soulati EECP Method includes EECP therapy and also Sara’s lifestyle medicine program, the patent-pending ara Soulati® Health For Life™ Program. Clients are treated for cardiovascular disease and many other illnesses. Our robust YouTube channel shares many stories from our guests who have experienced positive improvement with the Sara Soulati EECP Method.

At Global Cardio Care Centers, EECP therapy is for cardiovascular disease and much more. EECP grows new arteries, repairs and restores function of diseased organs, improves blood circulation, and increases energy. Disclaimer: Patient outcomes may vary; some results are anecdotal.

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EECP is FDA cleared for the following conditions: angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, cardiogenic shock, and acute myocardial infarction.
Other diseases or conditions mentioned have been studied in clinical trials. Clinical research shows there is, in fact, improvement in these disease types with EECP treatment. Please consult your physician. All patients are treated at Global Cardio Care Centers, Ronald Seymour Weaver, M.D. Inc., a medical corporation. Global Cardio Care Centers is an independent outpatient EECP center. All results and health outcomes are a combination of the patent-pending Sara Soulati Health For Life Program™ and Sara Soulati EECP® Method offered exclusively at Global Cardio Care Centers and Global Cardio Care — West Los Angeles.