Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy (EECP)
There is a safe outpatient treatment which can help increase blood flow throughout the body. It is called Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) therapy. EECP therapy can diminish symptoms of heart diseases such as angina and heart failure, improve your heart’s functional capacity and your quality of life.
Approximately 80% of patients who complete the 35-hour course of EECP therapy experience significant symptom relieve the may last up to three years.
What is enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP)?
EECP is a new, non-invasive technique to treat chronic chest pain or angina.
Angina occurs when the heart muscle does not get enough blood and oxygen to support the work it is doing. Many people experience this during exercise, exertion or when the heart has to work harder and needs more oxygen.
EECP is designed to reduce the heart's workload while increasing the amount of oxygen-rich blood reaching the heart, thereby relieving angina pain.
How does EECP work?
Researchers don't exactly know how EECP relieves chest pain, but a few different theories have been proposed. The most supported theory is that EECP triggers the body to create tiny blood vessels (known as collaterals) that act like a natural bypass, carrying blood around larger blocked vessels. Chest pain is then reduced because the heart is again able to receive oxygen-rich blood.
Another theory is that cuff inflation/deflation increases the force of the blood flow to the heart, causing the cells lining the blood vessels to produce chemicals that widen the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow through more freely.
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Does insurance cover this procedure?
Most insurance plans and Medicare do cover EECP. Botsford Hospital staff will confirm whether your insurance plan covers this treatment.
Where does Botsford offer this service?
Botsford offers this service in the hospital, in the Professional Center North.
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