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EECP therapy

There are number of clinical trials of medical therapy involving patients with angina and heart attack problems. To avoid bypass surgery EECP therapy is declared as a substitute to bypass surgery. Shanikrupa Heart Care Center is the best serving health center that offers EECP therapy in Pune and EECP treatment in Vashi.

What is EECP?

EECP stands for Enhanced External Counter Pulsation which is adopting to treat patients suffers from angina. This treatment consists of three sets of pneumatic cuffs attached to each of the patient’s legs at the calf and lower and upper thigh. These cuffs continuously inflate and deflate between the certain time intervals of the heartbeat and increase blood returned to the heart. The treatment basically depends on the principle of increasing the amount of blood that helps to supply oxygen to the heart. The perfect amount of oxygen makes the heart more efficient and thus, reduces chest pain.

As the name suggests, EECP treatment is proposed to explain that enhancements in arterial functions are getting responsible for the clinical benefits of this treatment.

It is a popular treatment that is proved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1995. The treatment is designed for those who fail to respond the revascularization. Due to this, the Restoration of blood flow towards the heart and to the other organs in the body gets difficult and became clogged with cholesterol plaque. To prevent this, most doctors suggest coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery with angioplasty.

To avoid the surgical procedure, EECP therapy is considered as the best option that enhances the quality of working of the heart via electronically controlled inflation and deflation valves. During the treatment, these valves are attached to the three pairs of pneumatic cuffs, wrapped around the calves, thighs, and buttocks. It is directly proportional to the systole diastole blood flow to the heart. It manages the cardiac workload and vascular resistance, systolic and diastolic blood pressure simultaneously. The treatment takes a time of 7 weeks, one hour per day from Monday to Friday.

Who should take this treatment?

Individuals if they have-

  • Had coronary artery bypass (CABG)
  • Had no prior bypass or suffering from angina

Who shouldn’t take this treatment?

Patients must not undergo EECP who are dealing with-

  • Peripheral artery or vascular disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Valvular disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Clot in their body
  • Heart rate greater than 120 beats per minute
  • Enlarged Heart

What Are the Benefits of EECP Treatment?

  • Rises oxygen supply to the heart
  • Decrease chest pain
  • Energy boosts
  • Increased duration for exercise
  • Long term effects (up to 2 years)
  • Drop Heart Palpitation
  • Reduce Symptoms of shortness of breath
  • Reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Is EECP therapy effective?

Yes, it is. Internationally, it is stated that the death rate is negligible. The patients having a history of angina and heart failure need to administer under an expert who can implement the EECP therapy with ease.

According to expert doctors, the treatment is the best to substitute the heart bypass surgery. Basically, the treatment is used with people who are having congestive heart failure. In this, the heart muscles are not able to pump the blood properly. The improper blood supply causes heart failure uncertainly.

EECP is effective than angioplasty?

Yes, it is. In EECP, the new creation of pathways from which the blood supply gets continuous to the heart, over time, those pathways become more strong and long-lasting that makes the oxygenated blood reach to the heart. In Angioplasty, a balloon-tipped catheter is used to open the blocked arteries that improve the blood flow to the heart. EECP uses an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP). Ultimately, both the EECP and Angioplasty do the same job, in different styles. The heart should pump the blood regularly. Once the heart rate and blood pressure gets normal, the working of the heart gets constant.

Overall, in spite of having some general side effects like Fatigue, Headache, and skin irritation, the therapy is safe and secure. The EECP therapy in Pune and Vashi is available in the Shanikrupa Heartcare Centre Unit.