ECP is a procedure that helps stimulate new blood vessel (called collaterals) growth in the heart and improves blood circulation to the heart muscles. There is greater blood flow to the brain, kidneys and rest of body also. The patient lies on a comfortable table and is fitted with pneumatic (pressure) cuffs on legs, thighs and pelvis, and heart rhythm is monitored with EKG. When the heart contracts (systole), the cuffs are relaxed and when the heart relaxes (diastole), the cuffs contract returning blood back to the heart under higher pressure. This blood flow under greater pressure increases oxygenation of the heart muscles and reduces angina.
Patients with coronary artery disease with angina, after angioplasty and bypass surgery, and congestive heart failure. Athletes and patients wanting to improve their circulation, exercise performance or VO2 Max will also benefit from ECP.
Each treatment session lasts from 30-60 minutes. For angina the recommended treatment is daily 5 days a week for 7 weeks for total of 35 treatments. Maintenance treatments are 1-2 treatment per month.
There may be muscle soreness or fatigue in the early phases of treatment, but these pass quickly. Patients with rapid heart rate or lot of arrhythmias may not get a good treatment.
Patients with active infections, blood clots, phlebitis (inflammation of vein), increased heart rate, pacemakers, pregnancy, and uncontrolled arrhythmia.
Many insurances cover ECP for angina. Ask us if ECP will be beneficial for you today.