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EECP – Proven, Safe, Effective

EECP therapy is an outpatient treatment for angina and heart failure. During a typical session, you lie on a bed wearing a series of adjustable cuffs around your legs and buttocks. 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. As the cuffs are inflated in sequence, blood is pushed up from the lower limbs toward the heart. The cuffs deflate at the end of that rest period, just before the next heart beat, thus reducing resistance and decreasing the heart's workload. Each treatment lasts about an hour, during which you can read, listen to music, or simply relax. A full treatment regimen consists of 35 sessions.

How EECP Works

EECP was approved by the FDA in 1997; however, the idea behind it was developed in the 1950s. Researchers believe EECP triggers the body to create tiny blood vessels (known as collaterals) that act like a natural bypass, carrying blood around larger blocked vessels. Chest pain is then reduced because the heart is again able to receive oxygen-rich blood.

Am I a Candidate for EECP?

You may benefit from EECP if you experience angina pain that is not relieved with medication, but are unable to have one of the more traditional treatments, such as balloon angioplasty or bypass surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gayle Martin to determine whether EECP is right for you.