Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is performed as a treatment for angina, which might give you chest pain that feels like indigestion to heart attack to people. Angina is a symptom of a disease like coronary heart disease. EECP is suggested by the doctor when other options don’t work for you. It helps your blood vessels make a way around your narrowed arteries for transfer of blood.
EECP is a rather comfortable procedure. It isn’t invasive. In EECP, blood pressure cuffs are used to on your legs to compress blood vessels helping better flow of blood. EECP allows you to get more blood flow for your heart muscles and helps open up your blood vessels. The process reduces heart pain due to angina.
It is does not require to stay at the hospital. Before EECP, the doctor looks into your medical history and sets you up for a complete physical evaluation. An ECG (Electrocardiogram) will also be performed on you.
The doctor will also give you medicines prior to an EECP to stabilize your health. You will also be informed about the procedure in detail before your treatment.
Three electrodes are put on your chest and linked to an electrocardiograph while you lie on a comfortable table. This process helps keep a track of your blood pressure and heart rhythm.
Your buttocks, calves and thighs are wrapped in cuffs. As the cuffs swell and shrink you feel a gentle pressure. The entire process is timed with your heartbeats.
The entire process of EECP takes 35 hours split into 1 to 2 hours a day for 5 days a week for 7 weeks.
EECP has its effect immediately post the procedure. It has no recovery time and does not need hospital stay.