Unique Angina Treatment Options
EECP is a treatment for coronary artery disease and heart failure that has recently been developed and has been shown to be of benefit to patients who suffer from chest pain (angina), fatigue and shortness of breath and in whom more traditional therapies, such as coronary artery bypass surgery and PTCA, are not recommended.
EECP consists of a system of cuffs that are placed on the calves, thighs and hips. The cuffs are like those used to check blood pressure. These cuffs are rapidly inflated and deflated. They are timed to the heartbeat utilizing a heart monitor, inflating with air when the heart relaxes and deflating when the heart pumps. Patients undergo this type of treatment for one hour at a time, five times a week, for a seven week treatment period.
The types of patients in whom EECP would likely be recommended and in whom benefit is likely to occur are those who are limited by their angina either because of frequently recurrent chest discomfort or other symptoms caused by blockages such as breathlessness with exertion. This is particularly true if attempts to control symptoms with medical therapy have been of limited success. Congestive heart failure is another possible indication and is currently being investigated.
EECP has been shown to improve symptoms and exercise tolerance in 70% of appropriately selected patients.
The mechanism by which EECP accomplishes this is felt to be through promotion of “collateral circulation”. Collateral circulation is a “natural” bypass that the cardiac circulation is able to “grow” around areas of blockage.
EECP is a safe treatment which is done as an outpatient and is currently covered by most insurance companies including Medicare.
Is the program right for you?
Have you tried other angina or heart failure treatments with limited success?
Do any of the symptoms below limit your daily activities or occur even at rest?
Chest pain, pressure, tightness
Pain in jaw, arm, shoulder or back
Shortness of breath
If the answer is yes to any of the above, please ask your physician if EECP is an option for you or call The Christ Hospital Physicians - Ohio Heart & Vascular at 513-792-7826 to learn more about our Angina Treatment Program.
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