What is EECP?
For people with angina, even simple activities, such as going to the mailbox or walking the dog, can be challenging.
If you are one of these people, take heart. There is a non-invasive treatment called EECP® Therapy. Approximately 80% of patients who completed the 35-hour course of EECP® Therapy experience significant symptom relief that may last up to three years.
EECP® Therapy is an outpatient treatment for angina. 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. The special sensor applied to your finger checks the oxygen level in your blood and monitors the pressure waves created by the cuff inflations and deflations.
Dr. Brewer’s dad had two bypass surgeries and still didn’t have any energy. He would suffer from shortness of breath by just walking in from his truck. After he completed EECP therapy, his energy level improved and he went back to a normal lifestyle. He was able to plant a full vegetable garden, which would have been impossible several months before. Many of our patients have special stories about how EECP was extremely rewarding for them.