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Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a noninvasive procedure in which a set of inflatable cuffs (similar to blood pressure cuffs) mechanically compress the blood vessels in your lower limbs. This increases the blood flow and oxygen back to the heart, reducing the work that the heart has to do. It also improves circulation and strengthens the cardiopulmonary system. EECP does not have the risks or recovery time associated with surgery.
EECP is the only noninvasive treatment for coronary artery disease, angina and congestive heart failure. The procedure reduces or eliminates angina, increases energy and helps patients return to a more active lifestyle. Enhanced external counterpulsation is used to treat patients with:
This procedure is particularly effective for those who:
Preparing for your procedure
Prior to your treatment, you’ll meet with your doctor to discuss your medical history, the medicines you take and any questions you have about the procedure. Wear tight-fitting, seamless cycling pants or athletic tights to prevent chafing, one of the main adverse side effects of this treatment.
During your procedure
While lying down:
After your procedure
Most patients report little or no discomfort during the procedure. Some people may feel tired after the first few treatments, but this loss of energy tends to improve over time. To manage heart disease, you should make several lifestyle changes both before and after the procedure, including:
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