What is EECP?
Step by step guide to the treatment
- During treatment three ECG stickers are placed on the chest to measure the heart’s contraction and relaxation (systole and diastole).
- The patient rests on a bed and has blood pressure cuffs placed around the calf, thigh and buttock area over thin clothing.
- At the exact moment of diastole or heart relaxation, the blood pressure cuffs inflate starting from the calf sequentially up to the buttocks which causes a counter pulsation of blood.
- The cuffs then rapidly relax and deflate in time for the hearts contraction phase. This feels like a firm massage in time with your heart beat.
- Unlike bypass surgery or angioplasty there is no need for any overnight stay in hospital. The patient attends for a total of 35 hours treatment on the EECP bed. This is usually completed in one hour treatment sessions per day, but can be increased to two hours per day with a short break between the first and second hour.
- On this regime, the treatment cycle can be completed in four weeks - otherwise the treatment duration is seven weeks.
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Benefits of EECP?
Clinical Studies show that people notice:
- Reduced frequency or complete elimination of angina symptoms.
- Better ability to exercise free from chest pain and breathlessness.
- Decrease in need for anti-angina nitrate medication
Clinical tests show:
Decreased exercise-induced signs of angina on ECG (prolonged time to ST depression on exercise stress testing) Increased blood supply to heart muscle , demonstrated by myocardial perfusion scan techniques before and after EECP (Technetium scan, Cardiovascular MRI, stress ECHO)
How do people feel after EECP treatment?
Patients often report a greatly improved ability to participate in activities of daily living, such as the ability to walk further, carry heavier objects, enjoy gardening and leisure activities and be more active and independent without having angina and breathlessness.
We aim to set goals with our patients at the start of the treatment process, and find that EECP is most effective if the increase in exercise ability gained after treatment is maximised through continued regular exercise, activity and ongoing cardiac rehabilitation.
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Safety & effectiveness of EECP
How EECP Works
Applications of EECP