Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy (EECP)
What are the benefits of EECP?
Studies have shown that EECP is a safe and effective treatment for chronic chest pain. The frequency and intensity of angina attacks are reduced, and many patients find that they don't need to take their angina medication (usually nitroglycerin) as often. Men and women treated with EECP report having a higher quality of life after EECP, and many are able to exercise for longer periods without experiencing chest pain.
EECP seems to work equally well with women and men.
What are the risks of EECP?
EECP does not involve surgery or needle pricks. This means that EECP is very low risk. There are no medications before or after the procedure and you can go home immediately after the treatment.
The most common adverse side effects are skin abrasions, bruising or blistering due to the inflatable cuffs. Some people also feel minor pain in their legs and back.