ECP (External Counter Pulsation) – “Have a second heart while you are at rest.”
(Approved by Food Drug Administration-USA, NHS (England) And CE Mark Certification (Europe) and recommended by American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology Foundation, American College of Physicians and American Association for Thoracic Surgeons)
EECP / ECP is a non-invasive treatment for coronary artery disease. EECP / ECP is the first non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical or mechanical treatment approved by the US FDA for patients with chest pain, coronary artery disease, heart failure and congestive heart failure. EECP / ECP therapy works by creating collateral circulation around blocked arteries, i.e. it essentially works to create a “NATURAL BYPASS” around the arteries. ECP / EECP helps to increase blood supply throughout the body, with benefits that tend to remain for years together. Thousands of patients have been treated successfully through ECP by us.
Working of ECP-
In an EECP / ECP session, the patient lies on a padded table. Three large inflatable cuffs – similar to blood pressure cuffs – are strapped around the calves, lower-thighs and upper-thighs. The patient’s heart is monitored by an electrocardiograph display in the EECP / ECP machine, which through the computer, regulates the inflation and deflation of the cuffs. During the part of the cardiac cycle when the heart is at rest (diastole), the cuffs are rapidly inflated in sequential order beginning with the cuffs on the calves and working upward. Just before systole (heart contraction), the cuffs are simultaneously deflated. Collateral circulation is actually a natural phenomenon that can be developed with cardiovascular exercise also. When the heart is at rest, these blood pressure cuffs squeeze your calves, thighs and buttocks moving oxygenated blood from your lower legs back to the heart and through the entire body.
When your heart pumps, the cuffs deflate rapidly and do not interfere with your body’s natural function.
This blood flow helps open new arteries and in the process bypasses any blocked artery in your body.
In a nutshell, EECP / ECP causes an immediate and sustained increase in the heart’s blood supply by:
- Dilating coronary blood vessels
- Opening dormant collaterals
- Creating new blood vessels (angiogenesis)
However, the natural development of collateral circulation is a gradual process that takes years. EECP / ECP treatment triggers and accelerates this collateral circulation and makes it permanent. In fact, it is found that 35 sittings of EECP / ECP have the same effect as athletic training for 5 years!
Who can be benefitted from ECP ?
|Patients who Suffer from:|
|Other Benefits of ECP includes|
– Chest Pain
– Shortness of Breath
– CAD- Coronary Artery Disease
– CHD- Coronary Heart Disease
– CHF- Congestive Heart Failure (Poor Heart Function LVEF < 35%
– Failed Cases of Angioplasty (PTCA)/ Bypass Surgery (CABG)
– ED – Erectile Dysfunction
– High Blood Pressure
– PVD- Peripheral Vascular Disease
– Peripheral Neuropathy
– Cerebral Palsy
– Chronic Fatigue
– Intestinal Vascular Insufficiency
– Sports Enhancement
– Improves Blood Circulation
– Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy
– Parkinson’s Disease
– Edema / Venous Insufficiency
– Muscular Degeneration
– Vision Impairment
– Lymphatic System
– Improves Stamina / Exercise Time
– Improves Collateral Circulation
– Boosts regeneration process
– Enhances the quality of life (less fatigue, better sleep, more stamina, longer exercise duration, reduced stress, passive exercise benefit as from one hour of aerobics)
NITRIC OXIDE IMPROVES ARTERIES.
The squeezing mechanism of EECP improves the hemodynamics of blood flow and shear stress to help elevate levels of nitric oxide and vascular endothelial growth factor from the endothelium (lining of the arterial walls). Nitric oxide is a vasodilator that opens and relaxes arteries to help improve circulation. During EECP nitric oxide contributes to less arterial stiffness and improved function of endothelial cells.
GROW NEW ARTERIES WITH VEGF
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a hormone elevated during EECP that helps stimulate angiogenesis, the growth of new collaterals for blood flow around blockages, like a NaturalBypass®. EECP helps grow new arteries naturally and improves arterial function.
Regenerative therapy is the process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. During EECP therapy, due to the blood flow, stem cells (progenitor and hematopoietic cells) found in the bone marrow are excreted into the circulatory system resulting in repair of organ dysfunction. For example, patients with diabetes often see the improved function of the pancreas when EECP therapy REGENERATES PANCREATIC TISSUE TO PRODUCE INSULIN.