Patients travel from around the country to receive this valuable treatment that provides significant acute and long-term relief of angina symptoms and offers significant quality-of-life improvements.
Our state of the art installation consists of:
Some of our EECP certified therapists have documented completion of more than 8,000 hours of EECP practical experience, in addition to continued medical and EECP education.
Chief Medical staff at local hospitals and directors of Invasive Cardiology Hemodynamics frequently refer patients to BPHC for EECP treatment. Our EECP team is proudly led by Director Dr. Joe Caceres, who harnesses his more than 28 years of experience to provide patients with the highest standard of medical care and compassion. (Click here for more details).
EECP therapy is a safe, non-invasive, outpatient treatment option for patients suffering from ischemic heart diseases such as angina/coronary artery disease and heart failure. EECP therapy has helped thousands of patients. In fact, clinical studies show that over 75% of patients benefit from EECP therapy and sustain improvement for up to three years post- treatment.
EECP therapy works by increasing the blood and oxygen supply to the heart muscle and decreasing the amount of work the heart must do to pump blood to the rest of the body. While the heart is at rest, treatment cuffs inflate from the calves to the thighs to the buttocks, which increases the blood supply to the arteries feeding the heart muscle. Just before the next heartbeat, all the cuffs simultaneously deflate, decreasing the heart’s workload.
In the United States alone, more than 2.5 million patients with symptomatic coronary heart disease (CHD) are not amenable to percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty with stent deployment) or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery because of unsuitable coronary anatomy, multiple previous revascularization attempts, age, additional comorbid conditions, or patient preference.
For these patients with medically refractory angina pectoris, enhanced external counter pulsation (EECP) is the only truly noninvasive and unique treatment for which a reduction of angina symptoms and nitrate usage, increased exercise tolerance, and an improvement in myocardial ischemia.
A course of EECP therapy involves 35 consecutive one-hour sessions. During an EECP clinic visit, a patient lies on a comfortable bed and has blood pressure-type cuffs wrapped around his/her calves and thighs. Cardiac monitoring wires are attached to the patient’s chest to record the heartbeat, and then the EECP pumping console rapidly inflates and deflates the leg cuffs in time with the heartbeat.
Patients can listen to music, read, or even sleep during EECP therapy. The immediate result of this pumping is to dramatically improve blood flow back into the heart while simultaneously reducing the heart’s workload
We are proud to have grown from a small staff of three to a crew of 35 team members dedicated to providing our patients with the highest standard of care in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. The founder of CMG, Dr. Joe Caceres, is the recipient of multiple awards and is ranked among the top cardiologists in the country for his expertise and unmatched compassion.