There’s a new way to help mend a broken heart – with a treatment called EECP therapy. In fact, this new treatment now has it’s own week, which happens to be this week. EECP Week was created to raise awareness of this new treatment of angina and heart failure and honors the American Heart Association’s Heart Month.
So in honor of EECP Week and Heart Month, we thought we’d explain this new therapy.
What is EECP therapy?
EECP therapy, or Enhanced External Counterpulsation therapy, is noninvasive, meaning no instruments are entered into the body. Instead, inflatable cuffs are worn on the lower half of the body, and as they inflate and deflate, blood flow is increased to the heart and through the body.
Am I a candidate for EECP therapy?
Only your health care provider can say for sure, but you might want to start the conversation with him or her if you experience angina pain that is not relieved with medication and are unable to have one of the more traditional treatments such as balloon angioplasty or bypass surgery. EECP may also be an option if you have had angioplasty or bypass surgery, yet continue to suffer from chest pain. Many people are not good candidates for EECP however, including those with severe heart failure, who are taking certain medications or have implanted devices (among others).
Learn more about EECP therapy at Botsford Hospital.
EECP Week was initiated by the International EECP Therapists Association (IETA) and Vasomedical, Inc., the company behind the EECP equipment.