Frequently Asked Questions
Enhanced external counterpulsation is called EECP for short. It can help you reverse angina, and it is an alternative therapy for heart bypass surgery. For people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, EECP helps reverse and prevent hypertension. This is not proven by clinical research; however, high blood pressure is the first risk factor to be positively influenced by EECP.
Many people don’t know much about the therapy, but at Global Cardio Care Centers, people have been getting EECP since 2002. It was invented at Harvard University in the 1960s, and now it is becoming more popular for people who don’t want to undergo open-heart surgery. It is also a therapy that helps with angina pectoris. In fact, most of the clinical research is on reversing angina pectoris with EECP.
The therapy is FDA cleared, and Medicare reimburses for advanced angina pectoris. There is no surgery or medication required. Read more about EECP in this section of our website.
There are nearly 1,000 academic medical facilities, physician practices and stand-alone centers offering EECP throughout the world and in the U.S. In Los Angeles, Global Cardio Care Centers and Global Cardio Care—West Los Angeles are two centers dedicated to EECP therapy. Each is a physician practice with qualified lifestyle coaches who manage the guests’ care.
A cardiologist prescribes EECP. Many cardiologists don’t know much about EECP, and it’s up to people to ask for the therapy. If you come to Global Cardio Care Centers, we have a cardiologist in the physician practice who can evaluate your health and determine if you need EECP.
EECP is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The technology has undergone rigorous testing and many clinical trials have been conducted with the EECP technology. EECP first began to get FDA cleared in the ‘70s and since then more clinical trials and studies have been conducted since then. EECP is very safe and requires no surgery or medication.
One course of EECP is usually 35 hours, and Medicare will reimburse for several courses of EECP IF you meet the criteria. At Global Cardio Care Centers and Global Cardio Care–West Los Angeles it’s not about how many hours of therapy you get, it’s about the results. The results of EECP and the Sara Soulati EECP Method are shared in our Client Stories section of this website.
Many people choose to do EECP instead of undergoing open-heart surgery. While a cardio-thoracic surgeon prefers to crack your chest and conduct invasive, painful and expensive surgery, you can elect to do a non-invasive, safe therapy instead. We have many stories about people who elected to do EECP first and never had to have open-heart surgery. While each situation is different and everyone’s health is also different, if you schedule a free EECP session, you can be evaluated by our physician team whether you should get EECP therapy and whether it will help you. Schedule your free EECP session here.
Many insurance plans are different, and we can’t tell you here if your private insurance will pay for EECP. Much of the coverage being offered by private insurance is changing rapidly. We will accept cash and credit cards for therapy, too, if your insurance will not reimburse for the therapy. Sometimes people write to their insurance company and ask for coverage, too. With a request from the policyholder’s position, sometimes things go more smoothly,
At Global Cardio Care, Inc., the physician management firm, we work closely with the physician practice and the patient to understand the financial situation as well as the health situation. We rarely turn anyone away, especially if they are very ill. We want to save lives, and we know that EECP is the solution with the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program. You need to speak with us during your free EECP session so we can discuss the financial parameters of your care. Schedule one now here.
Medicare will reimburse for EECP for 35 hours and then after a waiting period for another 35 hours. There are strict criteria one must follow, however. EECP is for cardiovascular disease and advanced angina pectoris or congestive heart failure at the end stage of life.
There are many benefits of EECP well beyond just cardiovascular disease. The therapy is not cleared for the side benefits as it is only approved for cardiovascular disease. However, Global Cardio Care Centers and Global Cardio Care—West Los Angeles have seen thousands of people since 2002. When they receive EECP therapy many of them do lose weight, reduce hypertension, and feel better overall.
You lie on a comfortable bed and three cuffs wrap around your calves, thighs and buttocks. They squeeze you like blood pressure cuffs. You’re hooked to an electrocardiogram so the cuffs inflate when the heart pumps and squeeze your lower extremities when the heart is resting. EECP is like a second heart pumping blood; just like a natural bypass. You get oxygenated blood circulating throughout your body, and new collaterals open for blood to flow around blockages. This is called angiogenesis. You can learn more about EECP on this page and this page of our website.
There are many benefits of EECP well beyond just cardiovascular disease. The therapy is not cleared for the side benefits as it is only approved for cardiovascular disease. However, Global Cardio Care Centers and Global Cardio Care—West Los Angeles have seen thousands of people since 2002. When they receive EECP therapy many of the men who come to our centers do share that EECP therapy helps with sexual performance. Each story is anecdotal, and it depends on a person’s overall health.
There are many benefits of EECP well beyond just cardiovascular disease. The therapy is not cleared for the side benefits as it is only approved for cardiovascular disease. However, Global Cardio Care Centers and Global Cardio Care—West Los Angeles have seen thousands of people since 2002.
There are many, many people who come to our centers with symptoms from stroke. After many EECP sessions, these people often experience improvements in the debilitating symptoms of stroke. Many people have shared that they walk better; their paralysis on the left side lessens and arm mobility returns; they can eat again and speech also improves. Again, each person’s stories are anecdotal and results vary case by case.
EECP acts like a second heart pumping blood throughout the body and all organs. If a heart is weak due to heart failure, then having a ‘second’ heart help pump blood throughout the body is helpful. Because EECP is also known to open new collaterals for blood to flow throughout the body, the therapy helps circulate oxygenated blood through the heart and all organs. We have seen improvement in the ejection fraction of the heart with EECP therapy. Each case is different, and you need to be under the care of your physician.
When you’re a healthy individual without cardiovascular disease, EECP works in a variety of ways. It pumps oxygenated blood freely and strongly through unblocked arteries and helps circulate this blood to all organs. You are likely to feel increased energy as if you want to run long distances. Perhaps you’ll have trouble sleeping because oxygen is in your brain through the night. Perhaps you will experience better sleep patterns, too. We see and hear from people who elect to get EECP for disease prevention and anti-aging. It is a powerful, safe, medication-free and non-surgical therapy. Come and get a free session and see if you can see the benefits of this wonderful therapy with the Sara Soulati EECP Method.
Nothing is a magic bullet. EECP is not a magic bullet. Like everything else, you need to weave nutrition and exercise into a health plan for disease prevention, anti-aging or cardiovascular therapy. When you come to Global Cardio Care Centers or Global Cardio Care—West Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, you also enroll in the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program. This program is offered at the same time you get EECP. The combined program is called the Sara Soulati EECP Method. You can learn more about it by visiting this page of our website. We have many endorsements from physicians, clergy, celebrities and regular people who have received benefit from the Sara Soulati EECP Method.
Your first session is free when you come to Global Cardio Care Centers or Global Cardio Care—West Los Angeles. Once we evaluate you as a candidate for EECP, we teach you more about the Sara Soulati EECP Method and the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program. This lifestyle program encourages people to practice plant-based nutrition and combine it with moderate exercise. Lifestyle health coaches speak daily with people who are getting EECP and ask about food choices, discuss vital signs, learn about healthy living, and whether exercise is part of their daily regimen.
Developed by Sara Soulati, CEO of Global Cardio Care, Inc., the patent-pending Sara Soulati Health for Life Program is a lifestyle health, reversal and prevention of disease program. When combined with EECP therapy, Sara Soulati’s Health for Life becomes the Sara Soulati EECP Method. The Health for Life program includes five elements – screening, education, treatment, assessment and coaching. You can learn more about Health for Life here on our website.
Sara Soulati is an EECP authority throughout the U.S. and world. As CEO of Global Cardio Care, Inc., she works alongside physician practices that deliver EECP therapy. Early on in 1996, Sara Soulati helped pioneer EECP. She treated patients with the therapy and began to see direct correlation between the therapy and improvements in circulation, overall health, cardiovascular disease, vision, stroke, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, toxicity, testosterone levels, stamina and endurance, and so much more.
She founded Global Cardio Care to manage physician practices that deliver EECP and to help save lives first in Inglewood, California in the heart of the African-American community and beyond.
She is a frequent lecturer and speaker in the community and shares her story about working with the church community to teach people about taking control of their own health through EECP and her program, the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program. She invented this program to save lives and to teach, nurture, assess, screen, and treat people with her vast knowledge. Learn more about Sara Soulati right here.