What is EECP?|
Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) is a non-invasive therapy for the crippling chest pain of angina pectoris. It is a non-traumatic outpatient procedure, consisting of a base of 35 Treatment hours usuallly divided into one hour sessions, 5 days a week over 7 weeks. The term Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) describes what happens during treatment. "Enhanced" refers to the state-of-the-art technology that has developed today. The treatment is "external" because it happens outside the body and does not require surgery or other invasive procedures. Counterpulsation occurs between heart beats.
Patients with angina complain of chest discomfort provoked by physical, emotional or mental stress. Patients experience shortness of breath, fatigue, indigestion, faintness or pain in the chest, arm, neck or jaw. Angina indicates that a part of the heart muscles is not receiving adequate blood and oxygen. Narrowed or blocked coronary arteries restrict blood flow to the heart and are the commonest cause of angina. Angina can be disabling as it restricts ability to work and perform activity.
How EECP works?
It involves the use of EECP device to sequentially inflate and deflate a series of compressive cuffs timed to inflate during diastole and deflate during systole respectively, which are wrapped around the patients calves, lower thighs and upper thighs, inflation and deflation of the cuffs are triggered by events in the cardiac cycle via computer interpreted ECG signals.