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Enhanced External Counter Pulsation - EECP

  • Increases Stem Cells
  • Improves Blood Flow to the Brain
  • Reduces Stress Levels
  • Decreases Anxiety/Depression
  • Reverses Effects of Heart Disease - Aids in Detoxification
  • Antioxidant Effect
  • Reduces Arterial Stiffness 
  • Builds New Blood Vessels
  • Inhibits Plaque Build Up- Anti-Inflammatory
  • Increases Lymph Circulation
  • Creates New Blood Vessels
  • Creates Natural “Bypasses”
  • Improves Exercise Tolerance

What Is EECP and how is it administered?

During EECP treatments, you lie on a comfortable bed.  A series of blood pressure cuffs are wrapped around your calf, thigh, hips and buttocks. You are monitored by a computerized EKG, which triggers the cuffs to inflate and deflate in sync with the heartbeat. During the resting phase of your heart, the cuffs inflate to pump oxygen rich blood to the heart and the rest of your body. When your heart beats, the cuffs rapidly deflate.  Then, the blood vessels expand and blood gets ejected from the heart with less effort for the heart muscle. You get all the benefits of a second heart pumping. 
Each EECP treatment session lasts one hour.  Patient's usually listen to music, read, relax, or even fall asleep during treatment. Dr. Ghaly determines the number of treatments depending upon the patient’s medical condition.  (Angina and Congestive Heart Failure patients generally require 35 treatments).

What are some of the benefits of EECP?
EECP was initially developed to treat patients suffering from blockages due to heart disease.  However, it is important to understand that heart disease is not just about blockages. Heart disease is a systemic condition that affects the entire vascular system -- 60,000 miles of blood vessels.  Thus, we need to address the entire system, not simply open up one or two vessels. EECP treats the entire vascular system as it bypasses blockages. 

How does EECP "bypass" blockages?
EECP creates new blood vessels that go around or “bypass” existing blockages. It does this by releasing VEGF, which is a growth factor for blood vessels.  EECP also stimulates the bone marrow to produce stem cell endothelial progenitor cells, which stimulate the growth of new blood vessel cells that line your arteries.

Are there other positive effects of EECP?
In addition to bypassing blockages, creating new blood vessels and strengthening the heart, EECP prompts the release of nitric oxide, which has an antioxidant and relaxing effect on your arteries. EECP reduces arterial stiffness, decreases inflammation in blood vessels, and prevents plaque buildup. EECP produces a detoxification effect and improves lymphatic circulation. It helps to reduce stress and has been proven to decrease anxiety and depression.  In addition, you receive the benefits of one hour of intense exercise while you lie down relaxing.

Does EECP help with detoxing the body?
Yes! EECP increases the removal of metabolic waste products from cells and improves circulation to the kidneys and liver. Increased blood flow not only delivers vital substances to the cells, it also “flushes out” metabolic waste and environmental toxins.  EECP transports oxygen and nutrients into cells more effectively.

Does EECP increase shear force?
Shear force is the friction generated by blood flow. During EECP treatment, shear stress on the endothelial lining of the blood vessel is increased. This affords the patient several major benefits.  First, shear force stimulates the release of nitric oxide, which has an antioxidant and relaxing effect on blood vessels. Second, shear stress has anti-inflammatory effects on blood vessels. Thirdly, shear stress wards off plaque buildup and blockages because it prevents adhesion molecules and white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessel lining.  EECP is in a class of its own in Regenerative Medicine due to its unique ability to effectively treat the entire cardiovascular system.

How does EECP affect blood vessels and arteries?
The endothelium is the innermost lining of the arteries.   It is one of the largest organs in our body.  The endothelium regulates the diameter of blood vessels.  EECP stimulates the endothelial cells to produce nitric oxide which naturally dilates blood vessels.  Nitric oxide has profound effects on our cardiovascular, immune and central nervous systems.  EECP also suppresses blood vessel inflammation.  Inflammation is a major factor in cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other conditions.

Are there other conditions that EECP benefits?
Absolutely!  EECP is used to treat peripheral vascular disease, erectile dysfunction, sudden hearing loss and tinnitus, restless leg syndrome and peripheral neuropathy.  Stroke patients benefit from EECP because it improves blood flow to the brain, allowing then to recover more quickly.  In China, EECP is widely used to treat dementia and Alzheimer's. Parkinson's disease patients have reported improvement with EECP as well.  EECP is beneficial for diabetics because they are at an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Diabetics often have widespread blockages in smaller arteries which are to treat with invasive procedures.  EECP has been clinically proven to alleviate erectile dysfunction. 

Is there published research available on EECP?
EECP has been proven effective in clinical trials at major universities and medical centers resulting in well over 100 scientific publications in mainstream journals -- such as Journal of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine.  EECP has been FDA-approved since 1995 for the treatment of coronary artery disease, angina, and cardiogenic shock.  Medicare approved EECP for the treatment angina in 1999.

Does EECP help a healthy person?
EECP improves blood flow to every organ and cell in the body.  It helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients, and aids in the removal of toxic debris. EECP is the ultimate preventive health maintenance tool, with unparalleled longevity and anti-aging potential.  The treatment is safe, non-invasive, and uses the body to heal itself. What could be more natural?

Why does Dr. Ghaly consider EECP Regenerative Therapy?
The benefits of EECP are far broader than the hemodynamic effects it produces during treatment.  Studies have proven that EECP increases the level of circulating hematopoietic progenitor cells and endothelial progenitor cells. (Progenitors cells are stem cells).  Endothelial progenitor/stem cells serve to repair the lining of blood vessels. Hematopoietic progenitor cells are multipotent stem cells that produce all blood cell types -- such as neutrophils, macrophages, erythrocytes, platelets and lymphoid cells (including T-cells, B-cells and natural killer cells). In other words, EECP prompts stem cells to regenerate the cardiovascular system, boost the immune system, and create new red blood cells and platelets!

Does EECP help promote longevity and wellness?
The most notable degenerative process is aging, which can be defined as a reduction in circulating stem cells.  EECP has been proven to increase the level of circulating stem cells.  Therefore, it is likely to slow the effects of aging.  Why wait until we are diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or another degenerative condition? EECP offers unparalleled therapeutic benefits, as well as amazing potential to prevent or slow the onset of many conditions, including aging.  As we age, our microcirculation diminishes.  This affects the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to our cells. Without adequate oxygen and nutrients, cells gradually become less effective and die.  We have over 60,000 miles of blood vessels in our body, which pulsate in sync with our heartbeat about 100,000 times a day. EECP helps to keep them healthy.

Does EECP benefit athletes?
World class athletes use EECP therapy to improve their athletic and cardiovascular performance. Dr. Ghaly has successfully treated numerous professional and Olympic athletes with EECP, significantly improving their exercise tolerance and dramatically reducing recovery time from fatigue and injury. 

EECP is the Ultimate Preventive Health Maintenance Tool
With Unparalleled Longevity and Anti-Aging Potential!

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