Global Cardio Care, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the University of Chicago Medicine presented a research poster with esteemed cardiologists at the American Heart Association Hypertension Conference in San Francisco. The information presented proved the efficacy of Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) and lifestyle modification on systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Hypertension data was collected from 150 patients in the Los Angeles physician practice of Ronald Seymour Weaver MD, Inc. The patients practiced plant-based nutrition, exercise, and EECP, and upon completion of 35 sessions of EECP and the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program, the patients showed improvement in hypertension.

Presenters of the poster included Murtaza Bharmal, MD, University of Chicago Medicine; Ronald Victor, MD of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute; Sara Soulati, CEO of Global Cardio Care and inventor of the patent-pending Sara Soulati® Health for Life™ Program with Dean Chiaro, Chief Clinical Officer of Global Cardio Care Centers.

Publishers of the poster include its presenters and Michael Share, MD and Timothy Henry, MD, Chief of Cardiology with Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

“Since 1996, we have been studying the effects of EECP on chronic stable angina pectoris, other cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome risk factors, and those relating to cardiovascular disease prevention,” said Sara Soulati, CEO of Global Cardio Care in Los Angeles and inventor of the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program. “When we combine my plant-based lifestyle modification program with EECP to reverse and prevent disease, patients benefit from a circulatory and anti-inflammation methodology that requires no surgical intervention or medication. We are honored to work with such esteemed leaders in cardiology to present our data to a wider audience at the American Heart Association.”

Global Cardio Care Centers EECP and Lifestyle Modification Results

The Global Cardio Care Centers patients were from Los Angeles, and the majority of patients (73%, 110 of 150) had baseline stage one or stage two hypertension. After EECP therapy, they achieved a blood pressure of less than 140mmHG/90mmHG.

There was a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure among all patients within three sessions of beginning EECP. The most prominent reduction is observed in those patients with baseline stage two hypertension. Diastolic blood pressure changes reflect a smaller but similar pattern compared to systolic blood pressure across all groups.

Systolic and diastolic changes to blood pressure were maintained through the course of EECP therapy with a more modest reduction of blood pressure observed at the end of 35 hours of therapy.

About the Global Cardio Care Centers Patient Data Set

Patients presented at Global Cardio Care Centers, with significant coronary artery disease with limited revascularization options, had Canadian Cardiovascular Society class III-IV angina despite optimal medical therapy and were first-time EECP recipients.

During one hour, each patient’s blood pressure was measured before and after the EECP session by trained healthcare technicians and lifestyle coaches. Highly engaged technicians offering one-to-one interaction for 60 minutes each day coached the patients. They discussed plant-based nutrition, food choices, and the effects of salt, caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco on the heart, and provided instant feedback as part of the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program.

Mechanism of EECP

During EECP, patients lie on a comfortable bed with three large blood-pressure like cuffs wrapped around calves, thighs, buttocks. When the heart pumps, the cuffs deflate rapidly in sequence and when the heart rests, the cuffs squeeze rapidly improving the return of blood flow to the heart.

This squeezing mechanism acts as a second heart circulating blood throughout the body and producing increased shear stress resulting in enhanced peripheral artery flow-mediated dilation from endothelial-derived vasoactive agents including an increase in nitric oxide, decrease in endothelin, increase in vascular endothelial growth factor and also increase in colony-forming endothelial progenitor cells.

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