Enhanced External Counter Pulsation
EECP is a new technology that is used to help patients with symptoms of chest pain and heart failure. The Heart Institute of the High Desert is the first in the region to provide this advanced technology that can decrease the symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath associated with heart disease.
EECP and Angina
Angina is chest discomfort that comes from the heart. It can have many different forms, but typical angina is a pressure-like sensation in the center of the chest that increases with exertion and decreases with rest and nitroglycerin. The discomfort can radiate to the left arm, shoulder, neck, back or jaw. Many patients have chest discomfort that is different from that described above, but it still is from the heart.
Angina is treated with medication, angioplasty and bypass surgery. But some patients continue to have angina even after they have had bypass surgery, angioplasty and are on maximal medical therapy. It is this group of patients which can receive significant benefit from EECP therapy.
EECP and Heart Failure
Patients with heart failure suffer from episodes of shortness of breath, sometimes even at rest. These patients are usually treated with medications to lower their blood pressure, and sometimes a special pacemaker. Heart failure patients who continue to have symptoms while receiving maximal medical therapy can benefit from EECP.
Other Sources of Information
The websites listed below will provide additional information regarding EECP. Please use them as a resource, but please don't hesitate to call us to schedule an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for this important therapy.