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EECP 3 – January 1st, 2008
Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP)
Creats Bypass naturally
Courtesy: Neomed hospital
2181, L-Block, 12th main road,
Anna Nagar, Chennai-600 040.
Does EECP give symptomrelief as Bypass and angioplasty?
All these current modeoftreatments help the heart by increasing theblookflowto the area of the heart muscle not receiving adequate blood supply. Once the blood supply is increased towards normal the patient’s chest pain will be decreased or eliminated and his exercise tolerance will improve. During EECP hearts natural mechanism of forming new vessel is enhanced which markedly increase the blood supply to the heart muscle. EECP also tends to improve your endothelial cell function that lines yourcoronary arteries, which determine your chance of getting heart attacks. EECP decrease your heart rate and other Neurohormones, which damage the heart muscle.
Do I need anything to prepare myself for the treatment?
EECP is a safe, out patient, non-invasive treatment. So you don’t have to restrict any of yourdaily routine work. Youcan fix your one-hour time treatment schedule according to your convenience. Before you start the treatment you will be asked to wear light fitting elastic pant. This is to prevent skin irritation and abrasion.
I have a pacemaker. Is that a problem with EECP?
No. Pacemakers and internal defibrillators do not interfere in any way with EECP.
I am on Coumadin/warfrin. Is that a problem with EECP?
No. Patients on Coumadin are able to undergo EECP treatments safely. I have congestive heart failure (CHF). Is that a problem with EECP?
No. In fact in july 2002 the FDA approved EECP as a treatment for congestive heart failure (CHF). After completing a course of EECP treatment, patients with CHF typically have less swelling in their legs, less shortness of breath, less fatigue, and often require less duiretic medication.
Is there an age limit for EECP?
No. We have successfully treated patients as young as 36 and as old as 97 without any difficulties. Many of our patients are in their 80s and 90s and complete the entire EECP program with excellent results.
I already had bypass/surgery/angioplasty/stents. Can I still have a EECP?
Yes! Most of our patients have already had one (or many) of these procedures. They come for EECP treatment because they still have angina.
Can EECP dislodge plaque and cause a stroke or heart attack?
No. Our body obey the laws of physics, and one principle law is that fluid will follow the path of least resistance. Atherosclerotic plaques are calcified and hard, and they create an obstruction that detours the blood through alternate routes. During EECP, when your blood is flowing to your heart, it will naturally bypass arteries with plaque and enter healthy, non-diseased blood vessels to go around the blockages is a longer trip, but it is a much easier one. In time, these new pathways are reinforced and become lasting routes for blood to reach your heart beyond the blockages. Every EECP patient has had multiple, serious blockages. No one has ever had a heart attack or a stroke as a result of the treatment.
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