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EECP OR ENHANCED EXTERNAL COUNTERPULSATION

A Simple Explanation

EECP therapy is a non-invasive, out-patient treatment for patients suffering from angina and heart failure.

What Is EECP?

Patients suffering from angina or heart failures have lot of issues doing simple tasks like walking around the house, playing with grandkids etc. For these patients, EECP therapy is suggested since it is a non-invasive and painless treatment. It has shown to be safe and beneficial for the treatment of angina and heart failure.

Angina actually gives a message of the heart not receiving enough blood and oxygen due to blocked or narrowed blood vessels. EECP therapy takes care of increasing the bloodflow to the heart muscle, thus helping it to pump blood for the whole body.

Why EECP?

EECP THERAPY, being a non-invasive one, eliminates the mandatory hospital stay thus helping the patient get back to normal routine, in no time.

The benefits of undergoing EECP are:

  • Having either no or less frequent angina and less intense
  • Having more energy and being able to take part in daily activities without showing the symptoms of angina.
  • Enjoy a better quality of life
  • Providing a more positive approach

These benefits of the therapy might last up to a couple of years after a course of around 35 days, depending on the patient’s condition.

Who needs EECP?

Patients with the following conditions require EECP Therapy

  • Angina and heart failure with no relief from medications
  • For those with symptoms returning even after open-heart (bypass surgery), balloon angioplasty, stent or other invasive procedures.
  • For those who cannot have any further bypass surgery, angioplasties or invasive procedures.
  • For those with no medical conditions to prevent EECP therapy

The Treatment

What does it do?

EECP therapy helps in increasing the blood and oxygen supply to the heart muscle thus reducing the heart’s effort in pumping the blood required for the whole body.

How is it done?

This treatment uses blood pressure cuffs on both the legs to gently and firmly compress the blood vessels there to increase the bloodflow to the heart. The inflation and deflation wave of the cuffs are timed to the heartbeat.

When the patient’s heart is at rest, the cuffs from the calves to the thighs and to the buttocks are inflated, increasing the blood supply to the heart muscle. All the cuffs deflate at the same time as the next heartbeat, reducing the work the heart has to do.

EECP helps to open up some smaller blood vessels in the patient’s heart. This will help in providing more blood to flow into the heart’s muscle thus easing the pain in the chest.

Now when the heart starts to pump again, the pressure is released right away, letting the blood to be pumped more easily.

Patient’s Role

Pre-Treatment

The patient has to undergo the following

  • Empty the bladder
  • Recording of Blood Pressure, pulse, breathing and weight
  • Tell the doctor of any angina or breathing problems or pain & pressure points

Post-Treatment

The patient might feel the following:

  • As if he/she had undergone a mild exercise.
  • Feeling tired for a couple of days, this is normal.
  • After the initial ‘tired’ days, the patient will feel more energetic.

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