Ejection fraction is not a term many people know. In fact, it’s not a term anyone knows or understands unless they have congestive heart failure. When clients come to Global Cardio Care with a low ejection fraction, that means they have heard of Sara Soulati, inventor of a lifestyle program that works with Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP).
Sara Soulati is a pioneer in the field of EECP. Since 1996, she has worked tirelessly to help people with low ejection fraction, congestive heart failure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, blocked arteries, and so many, many more conditions. She is called an angel of God by many of her clients. Why? Because she provides a therapy that is non-surgical and without medication to people without the means to help themselves.
What is Ejection Fraction?
“Ejection fraction is a measurement, expressed as a percentage, of how much blood the left ventricle pumps out with each contraction. An ejection fraction of 60 percent means that 60 percent of the total amount of blood in the left ventricle is pushed out with each heartbeat,” according to the American Heart Association.
Normal ejection fraction is between 50 percent and 70 percent. When the heart pumps blood at 40 percent or lower, then heart failure or cardiomyopathy occurs. Over time, the heart weakens and begins to pump ever less forcefully. Blood stops reaching all organs, and the your body physically tires, also with shortness of breath.
When the young man, Spencer Collins, in this video below came to visit Sara Soulati at Global Cardio Care, he was told he would likely need a heart transplant. His ejection fraction was only 22 percent. Doctors told him there was nothing they could do for him as he had congestive heart failure, a diagnosis they didn’t make overly quickly.
Mr. Collins received EECP therapy along with the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program. With lifestyle education and knowledge of how to live a healthier life by removing risk factors and adopting a plant-based diet, Mr. Collins began to take his health into his own hands.
With EECP, he had two hearts beating, like passive exercise. Mr. Collins laid on a comfortable EECP bed with three cuffs, like blood pressure cuffs, squeezing in sequence around his calves, thighs, and buttocks as his heart rested. When his heart pumped, albeit very weakly, the cuffs deflated in sequence. This sequential squeezing helped circulate oxygenated blood throughout his body and organs. Little by little, Mr. Collins’s ejection fraction improved. In fact, it increased to 58 percent, well within the normal range!
Watch his story on this video, or you can read the transcript of the video if you prefer.
If you, or anyone you know has a low ejection fraction, congestive heart failure, or other heart condition, please schedule your complimentary session today. You may either call or text us at 310-473-3030 or 310-412-8181.
Transcript of Video On Ejection Fraction
I remember going back and forth to the hospital in the emergency room I was in the emergency room two three four times a week. I just couldn’t catch my breath. I couldn’t walk from one room to another room without getting tired. It felt like I ran a marathon. I knew that I needed to do something else. Going to the emergency room wasn’t helping. Taking more medication wasn’t helping and using the asthma pump wasn’t helping. Nothing was helping!
You know at one point I thought I was gonna die. I thought this is it.
My name is Spencer Collins and I’m 45-years- old. They told me that night my blood work and my numbers and everything looked normal. So they really didn’t know what to do besides prescribe medication which did not solve the problem at all, it just left me even more drowsy and even more tired. They said, “Oh he’s fine, it’s psychosomatic he’s creating it. We think he’s severely depressed.”
In the meantime, I was still having a really hard time breathing. I was having a really hard time navigating through my day. Just simple tasks going up and down the stairs, going from my home to the car. It was really hard, and so I spent eight days in the hospital.
Finally, there was one test and this was measuring my ejection fraction. My ejection fraction at the time was 22%. I was told that I was literally walking dead. You know when you Have 22% ejection fraction, you’re 2 percent away from the conversation about getting a heart transplant. And so, that was something that kept coming up. I remember the idea of getting a heart transplant. They also talked to me about a lung transplant because they thought I had pulmonary hypertension. The only way to cure that is to get new lungs or so they thought. For sure, I was literally preparing to check out; I felt that bad.
A Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis
My diagnosis of congestive heart failure was really devastating to hear because I was only 44-years-old, at the time, and had a heart condition. I went to see a pulmonary specialist, my primary care physician and everyone overlooked it mainly because I was a 44 year old, healthy-looking young man. So no one even thought to test my heart; like it can’t be that. And two months later, thank God, I came. I had an opportunity to meet Sara Soulati, and I have to say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My ejection fraction at this time is 58%.
My ejection fraction went from 22% to 58%, and I still can’t believe it. It’s almost like a dream so being a part of Sara Soulati’s program you get an education. It’s not just you coming in and being plugged up to the EECP machine. The experience has been incredible. I can actually be laying down and go to sleep without feeling like I’m gonna die before I wake up. Life has significantly changed. I’m up. I’m alive. I go for hikes. I’m exercising again and I feel better than I have in a really long time.
I get sad on the inside just because it was a dark place, but I can’t help but smile because look at me now. Literally Global Cardio Care saved my life. I can’t say thank you enough to Sara Soulati. I can’t say thank you enough to the staff members that she has who are Amazing. By the way, I can’t even say enough about how professional they are.
So, my doctors are still baffled at how much I’ve improved. I remember bringing up that I was going to do Sara Soulati’s program with EECP and that I was going to Global Cardio Care. Both of the doctors said it was a waste of time and that it’s not going to help. Thank God I didn’t listen, and now they’re asking me questions about what else I did. They really don’t believe that Sara Soulati’s program made the difference. It did. It’s really because of this program that I’m able to sit here and talk to you. It’s changed my life. I’ve watched a change life of so many other people.
There should be a path live in every African-American community barber shop, hair salon. We need to do this because unfortunately African-Americans are two times more likely to get heart disease or die of heart failure. Because of that we need programs like this. There’s people dying every day and having poor circulation problems who don’t have to have them all because they don’t know about this program.
Losing my grandparents is something that never had to happen. I know that if this treatment was available to them they would still be here. This is something that can change and save the world and make a huge difference in the amount of people who are dying with heart disease. If I can be any part of saving the world one heartbeat at a time I’m definitely going to do it. A shout out to one of my mentors, Bill Duke who I saw is taking treatments and even Cicely Tyson gets treatments.
Here everybody who has a circulation problem or a heart problem or an ejection fraction that is low, if you’re watching this or if you know somebody who’s dealing with it, you’ve got to get them here. Sara Soulati’s program will make a difference. It does save lives. It saved mine, and if it could save mine at the state that I was in, I know it can save others’ lives. Imagine a world where there was a Sara Soulati lifestyle program like on every corner or at least in every city? Imagine how many lives we will be saving: millions of lives! Trust me, if it made a difference for me, it can definitely make a difference for you. This really changed my life. It really, really has changed my life.