External Counter Pulsation (EECP) is a procedure performed on individuals
with ischemic cardiomyopathy in order to diminish the symptoms of
their ischemia. In various studies, EECP has been shown to relieve
angina, improve exercise tolerance³, and decrease the degree
of ischemia in a cardiac stress test. EECP therapy is an outpatient
treatment for angina and heart failure. Treatments are usually given
for an hour each day, five days a week, for a total of 35 hours.
During the treatment, you lie on a comfortable treatment table with
large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around your legs and buttocks.
These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between your heartbeats.
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. The cuffs deflate at the end
of that rest period, just before the next heart beat. A special
sensor applied to your finger checks the oxygen level in your blood
and monitors the pressure waves created by the cuff inflations and
Aquatic Rehabilitation Center performs EECP to treat patients
Clinical studies have demonstrated the following benefits:
EECP is the only noninvasive treatment for coronary artery stenosis
2/3 of patients with severe angina improve with treatment
Increased exercise tolerance
Decreased episodes of angina,
Decreased use of nitrates
Improved quality of life
EECP is safe, painless and relatively comfortable
EECP provides our patients with increased blood flow to all areas
of the body. As the blood circulates proteins, minerals and nutrients,
it rejuvenates the entire system. In studies, patients have noticed
faster healing of topical wounds, improved mental capabilities,
increased erectile function, decrease in cellulite, improved eyesight
and positive mood.