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Whitaker Wellness Institute

March 05, 2012 09:04 ET

Whitaker Wellness Institute Announces Enhanced External Counterpulsation Available for Non-Invasive Treatment of Heart Disease

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 2012) - A non-surgical, non-drug treatment for severe heart disease, developed at Harvard University and offered in heart treatment centers such as the Cleveland Clinic, is available to patients at the renowned Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, Calif. Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP), often referred to as a natural bypass, stimulates the formation of collateral circulation (small branches or blood vessels) around clogged arteries. As a result, it effectively reduces angina and shortness of breath and improves exercise tolerance in most patients with heart disease or heart failure.

According to Julian Whitaker, MD, founder and director, Whitaker Wellness Institute, "At the Institute, we focus on treating the source of disease, not just the symptoms. EECP literally encourages blood vessels to open small channels that become extra pathways of blood flow around blockages. EECP is an effective treatment for many patients that helps them improve without the risks and recovery of surgery or the side effects of drugs. Virtually every patient with heart disease should consider EECP."

EECP treatments are done on an outpatient basis and require no post-treatment recovery. In an EECP session, a series of inflatable cuffs, wrapped around the calves, thighs and buttocks, inflate, giving the patient a tight squeezing sensation, followed by a rapid deflation. Each wave of inflation is timed with the heartbeat and blood pressure using ECG and blood pressure monitoring devices. The EECP treatment gently but firmly compresses the blood vessels in the lower limbs to increase blood flow to the heart. Each wave of pressure is electronically timed to the heartbeat, so that the increased blood flow is delivered to the heart at the precise moment it is relaxing.

Patients at the Whitaker Wellness Institute who are treated for heart disease receive a series of 35 EECP treatments, often in combination with other therapies such as EDTA chelation, which improves artery health and circulation, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which further encourages the development of new blood vessels.

Felix Cabrera is an EECP patient who described EECP therapy as, "Incredible." He stated that at the end of the first week, his chest pains were gone and after each succeeding treatment he had more energy.

Dr, Whitaker added, "Eighty-one million Americans have heart disease and 8.5 million heart attacks are sustained each year. Clearly, the world needs effective treatments for this pervasive disease. For these patients, non-surgical EECP is a miracle."

About The Whitaker Wellness Institute
Established in 1979 by Julian Whitaker, MD, the Whitaker Wellness Institute, an integrated medical center providing an optimal and personalized combination of the latest medical and alternative therapies, is the patient's "best of both worlds" in the treatment of serious illness. Nearly 60,000 patients have benefitted from the institute's personalized, highly effective noninvasive therapies. In most cases, patients are able to reduce or discontinue their prescription drugs and avoid surgeries and other invasive procedures. Dr. Whitaker employs a staff of physicians and medical technicians in the Newport Beach, Calif. campus that includes diagnostics, laboratories and therapies not found in most other wellness clinics. Among the medical and alternative therapies are high-intensity laser, hyperbaric oxygen, enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP), chelation and IV, bone scans, echocardiogram, reflexology, spa services, acupuncture and a nutritional supplement store. More information about Whitaker Wellness Institute can be found at www.whitakerwellness.com.

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