EECP (Enhanced External Counter Pulsation)
Enhanced external counter pulsation (known as EECP) may be an alternative to relieve your angina when all additional treatments have been unsuccessful or aren’t correct for you. It can aid your blood vessels make a normal bypass around narrowed or blocked arteries that cause your chest pain.
How EECP Works
EECP treatment uses quite a few blood pressure cuffs on both legs to tenderly, but firmly, compresses the blood vessels there to improve blood flow to your heart. every wave is timed to your heartbeat. So more blood flows there when it’s soothing.
When your heart pumps over again, pressure is released right away. This lets blood be pumped more effortlessly.
EECP may aid some small blood vessels in your heart open. They may offer more blood flow to your heart muscle. This helps relieve your chest pain.
What to Expect
EECP isn’t invasive. It’s also an outpatient therapy.
You recline down on a padded table in a treatment room. Three electrodes are placed on your chest and attached to an electrocardiograph. That displays your heart’s rhythm. Blood pressure is also tracked.
A set of cuffs is wrapped about your calves, thighs, and buttocks. They join to air hoses that connect to valves that inflate and deflate the cuffs.
You’ll feel a strong “hug” upward from your calves to thighs to buttocks while the cuffs inflate. Then pressure will go down as they deflate. It’s all in time with your heartbeat and blood pressure.
How Frequently Are Treatments Given?
If you’re accepted for EECP treatment, you’ll have 35 hours of rehabilitation. It’s given 1-2 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 7 weeks.
Am I an entrant?
You may be if you:
- Have constant stable chest pain
- Aren’t helped by nitrates, calcium channel blockers, and beta-blockers
- Aren’t a candidate for invasive procedures, like bypass surgery, angioplasty, or stenting.
Studies have revealed benefits for people receiving EECP, including:
- Less need for anti-anginal medicine
- Fewer symptoms
- Ability to be more active without symptoms