External Counter-Pulsation (ECP)
External Counter-Pulsation Therapy (also known as ECP or EECP) is a safe, nonsurgical procedure that delivers great clinical benefits to those with symptomatic coronary artery disease. For people with angina or heart failure, even simple activities— such as going to the mailbox or walking the dog — can be challenging. If you experience one of these symptoms, there is a non-invasive therapy called ECP that has shown to be safe and beneficial in addressing issues in relation to angina and heart failures. Approximately 80% of clients who have completed 35-hours course of ECP Therapy experience significant symptom relief that may last up to three years.
It measures the heart’s electrical activity, with cuffs placed on the legs that inflate and deflate in response to these signals.
ECP Therapy is an outpatient procedure for angina and heart failure. Therapies are usually given for an hour each day, five days a week, for a total of 35 hours. During the session, the client will lie on a comfortable therapy bed with large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around the legs and buttocks. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between your heart beats. A continuous electrocardiogram (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 heartbeat. 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.
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