EECP® is a non-invasive treatment for patients who are suffering from chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, pain in the jaw or back or fullness in the chest; all are possible signs of angina.
EECP® treatment can reduce or eliminate the frequency and intensity of chest pain, decrease the need for medication, and greatly improve the ability to participate in activities of daily living. After receiving EECP® treatment, patients often are able to enjoy moderate exercise for the first time since developing angina.
Buena Park Heart Center continues to strive to improve the heart health of patients and is proud to offer EECP® therapy. The EECP treatment gently but firmly compresses the blood vessels in the lower limbs to increase blood flow to your heart. Each wave of pressure is timed to the heartbeat by use of an ekg, so that the increased blood flow is delivered to your heart at the precise moment it is relaxing. When the heart pumps again, pressure is released instantaneously. This lowers resistance in the blood vessels in the legs so that blood may be pumped more easily from your heart.
EECP encourages blood vessels to open small channels that become extra branches. These channels or collaterals eventually become “natural bypass” vessels to provide blood flow to the heart muscle. This contributes to the relief of symptoms, improved perfusion of the heart and increased strength of the heart muscle.