“External Counter Pulsation therapy or ECP is a procedure performed on patients with angina or heart failure in order to diminish their symptoms of ischemia, improve functional capacity and quality of life. In various studies, ECP has been shown to relieve angina and decrease the degree of ischemia in a cardiac stress test. The procedure of the treatment is quite simple. ECP is an outpatient treatment and the patient lies on a comfortable bed. While undergoing ECP, large blood pressure-like pneumatic cuffs are wrapped around the legs and arms and connected to an air compressor, preferably having provision for both positive and negative pressure. At the same time electrodes and sensors are attached to continuously monitor heart rate and rhythm and a special sensor applied to the finger or ear lobe checks the oxygen level in the blood and monitors the pressure waves created by the cuff inflations and deflations. […]
Thirty five ECP treatment sessions increase blood flow to the heart myocardium (muscle) by 20- 42% and the effect lasts for three to nine y ears. However this safe and comfortable treatment can be repeated earlier for enhancement in results.
The no medication, safe, FDA cleared ECP is approved by many insurance companies and has a significant role and can be life-saving in heart patients who have no other treatment options:
- Patients with severe, diffuse coronary atherosclerosis and persistent angina, shortness of breath or significant silent ischemia burden, such as elderly patients and those with diabetes, challenging coronary anatomies, or debilitating heart failure, renal failure, or pulmonary disease.
- ECP Therapy has also been shown to be effective in relieving angina symptoms in patients with cardiac syndrome X.
- Benefits of ECP have been determined in the management of angina in the elderly and in patients with mild refractory angina.
- ECP Therapy is equally effective in reducing angina symptoms in patients with or without diabetes, and in patients with all ranges of body mass index/obesity, who have already had angioplasty, stents, or bypass surgery, but their heart disease symptoms have returned or persisted.
- Patients who are not candidates for surgery due to other medical conditions, who do not want to undergo surgery, are diabetic, asthmatics, have kidney or other problems making them unfit or high risk for other treatment; who have small vessels – more common in diabetics and in women; who rely on medications or curtail their activities to avoid angina; with peripheral artery disease and leg pain; with erectile dysfunction, stroke.”
Dr. S.S. Sibia MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) is the director of Sibia Medical Centre in Ludhiana, Indian State of Punjab. He wrote wrote Chapter 31 in the book Holistic Wellness In The NewAge. Sibia Medical Centre is dedicated to care, prevention and treatment with the latest patient tested methods. Sibia Medical Centre is primarily a no-surgery clinic, dedicated to treating various diseases without surgery.