29 Jan 2020

Advantages of EECP Therapy

Non-invasive treatment EECP (Enhanced External Counter Pulsation) can be defined as a treatment procedure to cure Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) patients who also have Angina Pectoris.

An electronically controllable air pressure valve is attached to the patient’s calves, thighs, and bottom. The stimulation of the blood supply to the heart is due to the sequential inflation and deflation of the valves that create blood flow pressure in the body. The advantages of this therapy are as follows:

ADVANTAGES OF EECP THERAPY

Acute Endothelial Function:

Generally referred to as the direct effect of this treatment, these effects of EECP on the endothelial in both the brachial & the femoral arteries using the Flow-Mediated Dilation (FMD) have been assessed immediately after a single session therapy of EECP. The acute EECP treatment creates two opposite blood flow patterns-

  • Ante-grade flow in the brachial artery.
  • Retrograde flow in the femoral artery.

The stress levels in the brachial and femoral arteries increase to 71% and 402%. As per the above details, it is clear that whether ante-grade in the arms or retrograde in the legs, both cases improve endothelium-dependent arterial vasodilation in muscular conduit arteries.

Flow Mediated Dilation (FMD):

EECP therapy relieves brachial artery Flow Mediation Dilation by 51%. It also cures absolute femoral artery Flow Mediation Dilation by 39%.

Cure Arterial Stiffness:

Arterial stiffness is growing and recognized as a substitute for cardiovascular diseases. Aortic Stiffness and Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) is a strong reason for future cardiovascular occurrences. The aortic function gets changed indirectly by lowering mean arterial pressure and reflection. Brachial and femoral arteries can be modified actively by changes in endothelial function and vascular smooth muscle. EECP can reduce central & peripheral arterial stiffness in patients with CAD.

This technology started in the early 1950s. Many more technological advancements and modifications are going on, and this non-surgical procedure is growing popular day by day.

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