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Do you have congestive heart failure or suffer from chronic chest pain? For people with angina or heart failure, even simple activities — such as going to the mailbox or walking the dog — can be challenging.
If you have these symptoms, we can help.
Enhanced external counter pulsation (EECP) is a noninvasive, outpatient treatment for chronic stable angina. EECP therapy is a safe, FDA-approved treatment that can help the body grow new blood vessels around blockages in the patient’s arteries.
Approximately 80% of patients who complete the 35-hour course of EECP therapy experience significant symptom relief that may last up to three years.
Additional Benefits of Treatment:
- increased exercise tolerance
- elimination or decrease in angina episodes
- decreased need for anti-angina medication
EECP uses cuff-like devices on the legs that increase blood flow to the heart by squeezing in sequence with the heartbeat. It may help the blood flow past blocked or partially blocked arteries by rerouting the blood through nearby artery branches (called collateral circulation).
EECP therapy is provided for an hour each day, five days a week, for a total of 35 hours. During the treatment, you lie on a comfortable treatment table with large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around your legs and buttocks. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between your heartbeats. A continuous electro cardiogram (ECG) is used to set the timing so the cuffs inflate while the heart is at rest, when it normally gets its supply of blood and oxygen. The cuffs deflate at the end of that rest period, just before the next heartbeat. The special sensor applied to your finger checks the oxygen level in your blood and monitors the pressure waves created by the cuff inflations and deflations.