Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP)
What is EECP?
EECP is a non-surgical, mechanical procedure that can reduce the symptoms of angina pectoris, by increasing coronary blood flow in areas of the heart that lack blood flow.
What does EECP include?
During EECP, you will be lying on a bed wearing a series of pressure cuffs around your calves, lower thighs, and upper thighs. The EECP system will inflate and deflate these cuffs, moving blood from your lower limbs toward the heart.
What does the treatment involve and how long does it take?
EECP involves a series of 35 one-hour sessions over a period of approximately seven weeks.
What are the physical effects of EECP? Is it uncomfortable?
The one-hour treatment sessions with EECP are painless. Due to the natural movement of the pressurized cuffs, chafing, and skin irritation can occur. To prevent this, tight fitting bicycle pants are provided, otherwise, there is virtually no discomfort.
Must you do anything to prepare for treatment?
Since you have been selected as a candidate by your physician, little else is required in the way of preparation.
Are there any precautions to take while receiving treatment?
You should continue taking your medication at the regularly prescribed dosages throughout the course of treatment.
What benefits might I experience from this treatment?
Typical benefits for patients might include:
- Decrease in chest pain
- Reduction in the use of medication
- Ability to enjoy a more independently mobile and active lifestyle
While it is not expected that everyone suffering from chronic angina will experience the same level of improvement, it does appear that EECP is an effective therapy for many angina patients.