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Eecp, Ecp – Coronary Artery Disease Treatment

Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) – Best Alternative to Bypass Surgery
Major developments have overtaken the field of medicinal science in the past two decades. Innovative and advanced technology machines have been invented in various medical fields where it has now become possible to treat even the most complex diseases easily without the need to perform complicated surgeries and operations for the treatment. One of the best examples for this is the EECP or ECP machine. EECP or Enhanced External Counter Pulsation machine is modern equipment designed in USA and approved by USDFA for treatment of heart disease arteries. It increases blood flow to the diseased arteries by 200% and opens up collaterals thereby relieving the chest pain and difficulty in breathing. Using these machines EECP therapy is provided to the individuals with angina, heart failure or cardiomyopathy in order to diminish their symptoms, improve functional capacity and quality of life. This EECP therapy is slowly gaining popularity worldwide and is already available in some of the most advanced and popular medical cardiac centers like Texas Heart Institute, JKF Medical Center Atlantis, John Hopkins Medical Center etc as a non-surgical, out-patient therapy for angina, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions involving poor circulation.
EECP treatment is the best alternative for those who cannot afford for heart bypass surgery or angioplasty, who are unfit for the surgery because of other diseases, patients who already had bypass surgery and whose stents have got blocked again. In this therapy patients legs, thighs and buttocks are cuffed in rubber bladders and are connected to telemetry monitors that monitor their heart rate and rhythm. As the ECP machine starts cuffs are timed to inflate and deflate as the pressure waves are sent to the bladders synchronized with the heart beats. With this inflation and deflation procedure the collapsed collaterals are reopened and the blood is pumped into zones deprived of blood. The ultimate results of this therapy can be seen in form of reduced complaints for chest pain, breathing difficulty, patient will be able to walk longer distances without onset of chest pain and will not require taking sub lingual nitrite tablets as earlier. As compared to the risky and dangerous bypass surgery, EECP is safer and easier way of getting rid of heart problems because it involves no surgery, drugs or needles. It carries no risk, is comfortable. It just feels like a deep muscle massage to the legs and the patient is completely relaxed during the process. It is normally administered in an outpatient setting and therefore is also affordable than surgery. So why not opt for EECP than a bypass surgery for heart problems.