EECP is an enhanced external counterpulsation. It is cost effective, non invasive, non surgical, non pharmaceutical, out patient therapy for Angina, Heart attack and heart failure patients. It is FDA (USA) and NHS (UK) approved.
How is EECP Performed?
During EECP Patient lies on bed of machine. Three or five electrodes are applied to the chest to record a constant ECG. A Plethysmograph is applied to index finger to record a tracing that represents blood pressure and oxygen saturation. Set of 3-4 cuffs is wrapped around the calves, thighs and buttocks. EECP system uses an ECG signal to electronically synchronize inflation and deflation of the cuffs.
What is duration of treatment?
Duration for chronic angina and heart failure patients is 35 hours usually one hour per day, five days a week. Some patients choose a 2-hour per day regimen, which reduces the time of completion of treatment. The duration of treatment and interval of rest will depend on the patient’s condition, how much diastolic augmentation is obtained, tolerance of patient and the indications for application of EECP.