Features November 2013 Issue

EECP May Help Reduce Painful Symptoms of Angina

Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a procedure to help improve circulation and relieve the symptoms of angina. In EECP, cuffs are placed around the patientís legs, and are inflated and deflated in coordination with the heartís natural rhythm to help stimulate the expansion of smaller blood vessels. They can then act as bypasses around narrowed blood vessels.

EECP May Help Reduce Painful Symptoms of Angina

Enhanced external counterpulsation is helping patients by creating new pathways for blood and relieving angina.

If you struggle with angina, the chest pain caused by narrowed arteries, and youíve exhausted standard treatments such as stenting, you may be a candidate for a therapy that is becoming increasingly popular. Itís called enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP), an outpatient procedure designed to stimulate blood flow through smaller branches of blood vessels known as collaterals. The goal is to create natural bypasses around arteries that are blocked or significantly narrowed.

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