Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP)

Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) is a non-invasive medical procedure that aims to improve cardiovascular health by enhancing blood flow and promoting the development of collateral circulation. This therapy involves external pressure cuffs around the lower limbs, synchronising with the patient’s cardiac cycle.

The primary goal of EECP is to provide a form of “natural bypass” by creating new pathways for blood to flow around blocked or narrowed arteries. This is achieved through a series of precisely timed inflation and deflation cycles of the cuffs. During deflation, which corresponds to the heart’s resting phase (diastole), the cuffs inflate sequentially from the calves upwards, increasing the pressure on the peripheral blood vessels. This external pressure effectively reduces the resistance to blood flow, enabling more efficient circulation.

Benefits of EECP:

  • Maintenance of heart & blood flow
  • Improves cardiovascular health by simulating blood vessel formation (angiogenesis)
  • Froms new collaterals for blood to flow
  • Natural bypass
  • Generates nitric oxide and helps blood vessel to relax and dilate

Conditions That Can Benefit from EECP:

  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Refractory Angina
  • Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Patients Unfit for Invasive Procedures

EECP offers a non-invasive and relatively safe method to improve cardiovascular health, especially for individuals with conditions like angina (chest pain) or coronary artery disease. By enhancing blood flow, stimulating angiogenesis, and facilitating the creation of collateral circulation, EECP can effectively provide a natural bypass mechanism and contribute to the overall well-being of patients with heart-related issues. It’s important to note that while EECP has shown promising results, it should always be performed under the guidance of trained medical professionals and as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

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