Patients suffering from ischemic heart diseases often experience symptoms including chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and low energy levels in their daily lives. George F. Riley was no exception, so when he found relief from a new noninvasive treatment while in Florida, he made sure Botsford Hospital could also offer it to people here in Michigan.
Thanks to a generous donation by Mr. Riley, Botsford has added a new piece of equipment called Enhanced External Counter Pulsation Therapy, or EECP. It’s a safe, non-invasive, outpatient treatment option for patients suffering from ischemic heart disease, such as angina and heart failure.
The therapy involves the patient wearing large blood pressure-like cuffs over the lower body which inflate and deflate, increasing the force of the blood flow to the heart. The procedure is done an hour a day, five days a week, for a total of 35 hours.
EECP has helped hundreds of thousands of patients around the world. Clinical studies show that more than 75 percent of patients benefit from EECP with sustained improvement up to three years post-treatment. Patients receiving
the therapy have reported:
- Relief from chest pain
- Decreased fatigue
- Fewer episodes of shortness of breath
- Improvements in energy and strength
Mr. Riley is feeling much better now and says the treatment
made him feel “much more energetic,” adding that “the effects really last.”