External Counter Pulsation (ECP) is a non-invasive, FDA approved, outpatient therapy for patients having persistent symptoms of chest pain due to blockages in the coronary arteries. ECP is done in those who have already had the standard treatments for revascularization or those who are not eligible for surgical intervention.
ECP quickly stimulates the formation of collateral blood vessels to help create a natural bypass around narrowed or blocked arteries to improve coronary blood flow with no significant side effects. This procedure also reduces the symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue which improves the patient’s quality of life.
This therapy can be completed in less than 2 months.
About 80% of patients usually notice improvement of symptoms with this therapy.
The benefits of ECP include:
Decreases the requirement of medications.
Decreases the onset and frequency of chest pain.
Enhance the quality of life and the ability to return to daily activities.
ECP affects the dynamics of cardiovascular blood flow. A series of inflatable cuffs sequenced from the calves, thighs, and hips rapidly inflate and deflate.
The timing of the inflation will be during the exact resting phase of each of your heartbeats.
This timed compression in the lower extremities pushes the arterial blood backwards into the aorta and increases the coronary perfusion pressure causing stress in the coronary arteries facilitating the development of collaterals.
Dr. Jamnadas has been performing ECP on patients since 1994 and has the largest ECP experience in Central Florida.
ECP is FDA-approved and covered by most insurance companies.