Heart disease continues to be the biggest killer in America – and the world – for one simple reason: The health advice we are told to follow is just plain wrong.
Giving up meat, eating low-fat foods, jogging, and taking medications will not cure your heart disease. But, there is a cutting-edge all-natural therapy that can…
It’s called enhanced external counterpulsation, or EECP.
And I’ve seen it save lives…
Most cardiologists choose to ignore this treatment because it doesn’t fit the traditional image of how they should treat the disease.
But, every year heart disease continues to claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.1
Cardiologists consider heart disease a “plumbing” problem. And their solution is to simply fix the blockages. But if that were true, why do heart attacks happen even after these blockages have been cleared?
The real causes of heart disease are damaged blood vessels which inhibit blood flow and inflammation. That’s where this life-saving therapy comes in.
Multiple studies reveal that EECP is hands down the safest, most effective reliever of angina chest pain available. And it has been shown to have huge benefits for patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure.
It increases blood flow to the heart, strengthens circulation, and provides a better – and proven – way to treat heart disease with fewer drugs and without bypass surgeries, angioplasty procedures, or stents.
With EECP, you lie flat while inflatable cuffs are placed around your calves, thighs, and buttocks. A machine then inflates and releases the cuffs in time with your heart’s rest phase – or counterpulsation.
The cuffs compress the blood vessels in your lower limbs and push blood toward the heart. Each wave of increased blood flow is timed to arrive at your heart at the moment the organ relaxes. When your heart pumps again, pressure is released.
This essentially acts as a passive form of vigorous exercise, boosting blood flow and pushing oxygen-rich blood throughout your body more strongly than normal.
More than 100 studies have been published in medical journals like the American Journal of Cardiology and Circulation, showing the effectiveness of EECP.
In one large study, researchers followed more than 5,000 patients. They discovered that 83% of patients had vastly improved blood flow after EECP treatment and 73% reported a significant reduction in the severity of angina symptoms.2
Perhaps the most remarkable benefit of EECP is its ability to strengthen and repair damaged blood vessels and to regrow new ones, creating new pathways in and around the heart – without any surgical grafting.
This is why some researchers have hailed EECP as a “natural bypass.”3
You see, when coronary arteries become blocked with plaque, obstructing blood flow, it causes chest pain and possibly a heart attack. Some people naturally form new blood vessels called collaterals. These serve to bypass these obstructions.
Unfortunately, not all people can form these collaterals. The problem is common in patients with a particular type of angina called chronic refractory angina.
And despite the conventional opinion that nothing can be done, EECP has worked wonders for these patients.
In a study involving 1,400 patients with refractory angina, 75% had half as many angina attacks after EECP. And in a three-year follow-up, 16% no longer had angina at all.4
Other studies show that EECP triggers the production of an important hormone called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which stimulates collateral growth naturally and allows blood to bypass the blocked arteries by creating new ones.5
The effects of EECP last about five years.6
If you would like more information about this therapy, please contact my staff at 561-784-7852. They will be happy to explain how EECP can help protect your heart – and your life.
Two More Ways To Help Your Heart
I also suggest certain supplements to keep your arteries open and flowing freely. Of course, CoQ10 is my number-one go-to heart nutrient. Here are two more I recommend:
- Use the B vitamin that’s better than any heart drug. You probably know vitamin B9 as folate or folic acid. Folate is the nutrient found in food, while folic acid is the supplement form. Folic acid lowers levels of toxic substances that irritate the heart’s lining. This relaxes your blood vessels and keeps them flexible. Fewer irritations equate to normalized pulse pressure and a reduction in stroke and heart attack. Simply put, when folate levels are high your risk of heart attack drops up to 50%.7 Natural sources of folate are dark green vegetables as well as beef, lamb, chicken liver, and eggs. But your body only absorbs half the folate you get from food. So, I recommend supplementing with 800 mcg a day.
- Remember to take this forgotten nutrient. K2 is one of the best vitamins for heart health. One study of 4,800 people showed that high levels of vitamin K2 lowered the risk of coronary artery disease by 57%. It lowered calcium buildup in arteries by 52%. And it slashed the risk of death from any cause by 26%.8 The study also found that populations that get more vitamin K2 in their diets reduce their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 50% compared to those who had lower amounts. It showed that for every daily increase of 10 mcg of K2, the risk of coronary heart disease decreases by 9%. I recommend up to 90 mcg a day to my patients. And, as it’s fat-soluble, take it with a meal to improve absorption.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Roth G, et al. “Cardiovascular disease burden, deaths are rising around the world.” J Am College Cardiol. 2020. 22;76(25):2982-3021.
2. Soran O. “Two-year clinical outcomes after enhanced external counterpulsation (eecp) therapy in patients with refractory angina pectoris and left ventricular dysfunction. Am J Cardiol. 2006;97(1):17–20.
3. Kiefer D. “Doctors Ignore Proven Alternative to Coronary Stents and Bypass Surgery.” Life Extension. June 2008
4. Loh PH, et al. “Enhanced external counterpulsation in the treatment of chronic refractory angina.” Clin Cardiol. Apr 2008;31(4):159-164
5. Sharma U, et al. “The role of enhanced external counterpulsation therapy in clinical practice.” Clin Med Res. 2013 Dec;11(4):226-32.
6. Fitzgerald CP, et al. “Enhanced external counterpulsation as initial revascularization treatment for angina refractory to medical therapy.” Cardiology. 2003;100(3):129-35.
7. Pan Y and Jackson R. “Dietary phylloquinone intakes and metabolic syn¬drome in US young adults.” J Am Coll Nutr. 2009;28(4):369-379.
8. Johanna M, et al. “Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: The Rotterdam Study.” J Nutr. 2004;134(11):3100-3105.