Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a nonsurgical therapy with incredible benefits for the cardiovascular system. Developed at Harvard University more than 50 years ago, EECP is sometimes referred to as a “natural bypass” because it stimulates the formation of collateral circulation, or new blood vessels around clogged arteries. As a result, it effectively reduces angina and shortness of breath and improves exercise tolerance in patients with heart disease or heart failure. It also enhances arterial health and boosts circulation to organs and tissues throughout the body. Therefore, EECP is also extremely beneficial for patients with high blood pressure, neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetic complications, and a multitude of other conditions.
EECP therapy is an outpatient treatment for angina and heart failure. During the treatment, you lie on a comfortable treatment table with large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around your legs and buttocks. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between your heartbeats. A continuous electro cardiogram (ECG) is used to set the timing so the cuffs inflate while the heart is at rest, when it normally gets its supply of blood and oxygen.
The cuffs deflate at the end of that rest period, just before the next heart beat. The special sensor applied to your finger checks the oxygen level in your blood and monitors the pressure waves created by the cuff inflations and deflations. there is absolute no risk in this treatment for patient. this treatment is available in our hearts sanjivani centre.