CABG stands for coronary artery bypass graft and that just means open-heart surgery or heart-bypass surgery. According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, the number of CABG decreased by 70 percent from 1997 to 2007.
In the U.S., more than 215,000 invasive cardiovascular procedures happen annually by a cardio-thoracic surgeon, one of the most elite of all trained surgeons on par with a brain surgeon. Right? If you’re messing with someone’s heart, you better have the confident arrogance that this procedure is correct, accurate and will last into the future to save a life.
Strangely, the data for numbers of CABG in the U.S. is exceptionally old. Upon a Google search, we get data from 2008 or 2011. However, what these statistics show is that CABG are/were declining in that time frame over earlier times. That’s a good thing!
The big stretch, though, is that CABG connotes some negatives due to its invasiveness and high cost. When people need a triple or quadruple heart bypass, many of them say, “OK, Doc, let’s do it” with little knowledge about the surgery or recovery. Others, a select few, and hopefully more now, look for alternatives to clogged arteries.
The time to look for alternatives, however, is not when you’re told you need the surgery tomorrow. If you already have a family history of heart disease, and your symptoms are becoming more prevalent — like shortness of breath, inability to walk upstairs, inability to take deep breaths, and chest pain, of course, then it’s certainly time to look for alternatives.
What Is EECP?
EECP stands for enhanced external counterpulsation. It’s been around since the 1960s and was first invented at Harvard University and perfected by the Chinese, too. Early on, EECP was used when people were having a heart attack. They’d come into the ER and get hooked up to the EECP machine.
Three cuffs, like those used for blood pressure, wrap around calves, thighs and buttocks. Each squeezes when the heart is at rest and pushes blood from the lower extremities to the heart. Like passive exercise and a second heart pumping, EECP was helpful in therapeutic control of myocardial infarction, or heart attack to the general population.
Today, the Sara Soulati EECP Method is offered at Global Cardio Care Centers and Global Cardio Care–West Los Angeles. This Los Angeles EECP is the best in California, the U.S. and the world. Since 1996, Sara Soulati has been studying this therapy to manage cardiovascular disease. In 2002, people began to flock into these centers to experience the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program, a lifestyle modification and reversal of disease program that helps prevent disease and treat cardiovascular illness.
Sara’s particular methodology of EECP is exclusive to these Los Angeles EECP centers. She has perfected a protocol offered nowhere else, and that’s what make her EECP method exclusive and successful.
Heart Disease Is A Lifestyle Illness
Bet you didn’t know that heart disease is due to lifestyle? No physician will tell you that and no cardiologist will tell you that, either. Think about it. If you have a history of heart disease in your family, step back a moment and regard the health of your grandparents or parents. Were they obese? Did they smoke? What kind of diet did they eat daily? What about any exercise? There are other risk factors in lifestyle that contribute to heart disease and those are the silent numbers of blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
If you were to become a vegan or adopt a plant-based nutrition lifestyle and incorporate exercise into your daily routine, you would see those numbers reduce. Your weight loss would be surprising, your blood pressure would stabilize, and you can bet that the sugars in your body would also normalize.
For sure, you can’t self-diagnose all these risk factors. You need professionals to help.
That’s where the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program comes in. Lifestyle coaches guide you every day through changing diet, nutrition, exercise and all those other numbers. Physicians are on board to see you first and last to gauge progress and success. In the middle, you get the Sara Soulati EECP Method and you also become knowledgeable about a variety of topics by listening to the Sara Says audiotape series over 35 days.
So, CABG or EECP?
Well, if you take a closer look at when a CABG is performed and when someone gets EECP, the former is nearly emergency surgery and the latter is, hopefully, more planned with discussion between you and your medical team and the experts at Global Cardio Care Centers and Global Cardio Care–West Los Angeles.
CABG can cost about $100,000 and you’re going to need good insurance to cover that. The recovery time from that surgery takes weeks and weeks. The long-term effects of that surgery are questionable and vary from person to person.
EECP for 35 hours, a common length of protocol as reimbursed by Medicare with its stringent criteria, costs a fraction of the cost of CABG. The therapy is non-invasive! There is no surgery, there is no medication. You lie on a comfortable bed and the cuffs wrap around your legs. You’re hooked to an EKG, and those cuffs inflate and deflate to the rhythm of your heart.
The big thing here is to get your cardiologist to approve of your interest in EECP if your heart is failing. Often, and we know it’s often, the cardiologist has not heard of EECP, doesn’t want to know an alternative therapy, and will not give you a blessing to try it. WHY? The answer is obvious. That physician wants to keep your care in his or her medical practice to keep the insurance money rolling in. If you’re better from EECP, then you don’t need that doctor any more. Is your doctor truly concerned about your health? If they are, then they’d say, “By all means, go look into that treatment.” Or, they’d even tell you THEY would look into EECP for you. That’s prett rare, though.
People Who Choose EECP
We have many stories as told by our guests who have come to our Los Angeles EECP centers. One in particular is Errol Abramson. We have a story and video testimonial from him right here. Errol was told by his medical team to go home and put his affairs in order. He had a 19% ejection fraction, which means the medical team could do nothing more to help him. He found Sara Soulati and traveled from Canada to Los Angeles to get EECP. This was about 18 months ago, and Errol Abramson is a huge success story, and his physicians are shocked at the miracle of his life.
When you call us for a complimentary program experience, you can experience the power of the Sara Soulati EECP Method and her lifestyle program. But, please, make that choice early, before you’re told you’re a candidate for CABG! You need time to make arrangements, to come to Los Angeles, to do the therapy for longer than 35 hours, and to feel the effects heal your heart.
There’s no question, friends: CABG or EECP? It’s EECP without doubt.