Angina Heart Therapy - EECP
Memorial Hospital's Cardiac Lab offers a noninvasive, outpatient treatment/therapy for people with angina and heart failure. This new therapy is EECP (Enhanced External CounterPulsation), which is generally given for an hour each day, five days per week for seven weeks, totaling 35 hours of treatment.
During each treatment session, the patient lies on a padded table and has his/her calves and lower and upper thighs wrapped in blood pressure-like cuffs. Synchronized to the patient's cardiac cycle, the cuffs inflate with air to create external pressure when the heart is resting (diastole) and deflate just before the heart beats (systole). This action, which pulses counter to the heart's beating, increases blood flow to the heart muscle, decreasing the heart's workload and creating a greater oxygen supply for the heart muscle. Approximately 80% of patients who complete the 35-hour course of EECP therapy experience significant symptom relief and an improved quality of life that may last up to three years.
For more information, please call the Angina Heart Therapy staff (Brenda Wehr, RN and Janalee May, RN) at 812-996-5702.