What is EECP?

EECP therapy is a safe, non-invasive, outpatient treatment option for patients suffering from ischemic heart diseases such as angina/coronart artery disease and heart failure. EECP therapy has helped thousands of patients. In fact, clinical studies show, over 75% of patients benefit from EECP therapy and sustain improvement 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 has to do to pump blood to the rest of the body. While the heart is at rest, the 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 heart beat, all the cuffs deflate at the same time, which decreases the amount of work the heart has to do.

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How does EECP work?

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 or her calves and thighs. Cardiac monitoring wires are attached to the patient’s chest to record the heart beat, and then the EECP pumping console rapidly inflates and deflates the leg cuffs in time with the heart beat. Patients can listen to music, read or eben 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.

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.

After each EECP 1-hour session, patients return to their normal daily activities without limitations.

Treatment Regimen: A course of 35 hours is the usual treatment regimen.One hour per day, five days per week for seven weeks. Alternately, a patient may recieve up to two sessions a day shortening the course to about 4 weeks.

The History of EECP

Invented in Boston in the late 1960s, EECP was effective in treating cardiogenic shock, or severe heart failure due to heart muscle damage, a condition that was otherwise almost uniformly fatal. The technique however was cumbersome, and fell out of favor while more intricate and expensive procedures such as cardiac bypass surgery came into use. Researchers in mainland China during the 1980s improved the technology and effectively treated patients with heart disease, stroke,circulatory disorders and many other diseases.

In 1990 a brilliant physiologist named Dr. John Hui brought the technology back into the United States, and persuaded physicians at Stony Brook Hospital in New York to begin research. EECP proved so effective in reducing angina symptoms that the FDA approved it for the treatment of angina and cardoigenic shock. Today, insurance including Medicare reimburse for treatment.

Since, EECP is also approved by the FDA to treat congestive heart failure, which is responsible for the highest number of hospitalizations in our country.

EECP for other Medical Conditions & Benefits

Because it boosts circulation throughout the body, EECP is a general panacea. It is perhaps the most potent antiaging therapy. It could be considered in any program to support individual well-being.

There are numerous other benefits. EECP is like adding a second heart to the body. Increased blood flow occurs in the brain, kidneys, intestines, and all other parts of the body. Complex hormonal interactions are stimulated, resulting in improved kidney function, lowering of blood pressure, increased energy, endurance, and sense of well-being. Patients with stroke have experienced much quicker improvement than would otherwise occur.

Medications used for treating chest pain as well as high blood pressure may be reduced and sometimes completely eliminated. EECP is also effective in boosting athletic performance, providing a complete, passive cardiovascular workout, reducing lactic acid buildup and increasing blood and lymph flow in muscles.

Investigate EECP for improvement in any of the following area:

  • Cardiac chest pain
  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy, especially from diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Impotence
  • Edema, or venous insufficiency
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Intestinal vascular insufficiency
  • Improvement of Athletic Performance