How Advanced External Counter Pulsation Therapy is a Better Alternative to Invasive Procedures?

External counter pulsation therapy is an alternative to invasive angioplasty and bypass surgery. This procedure is not only safe but also doesn’t require patient hospitalization, and is cost-effective.

 When all options for the treatment of angina, chest pain and heart problems fail, advanced External Counter Pulsation (ECP) therapy is a better alternative than other invasive procedures. ECP is an effective treatment for patients suffering from heart ailments including chest pain, angina, and in those situations when the problems are not alleviated by medications or patients who are not fit to undergo angioplasty or bypass surgery.


What Does the Procedure Involve?

As far as advanced ECP therapy is concerned, it’s not only non-invasive but also doesn’t require hospitalization. With the progress of medical science and technology, angina patients are not required to take anesthesia or special medications before or after this procedure. The greatest benefit is that the entire procedure is easy and a patient can go home once the treatment is over.

It’s extremely relaxing and there are no risks associated as in critical bypass surgeries. Besides being safe, the treatment is affordable, i.e. costing only one-fourth of invasive surgeries or angioplasty, and is performed in outpatient sessions.


How Does External Counter Pulsation Work?

Modern external counter pulsation is a highly advanced procedure that is carried out with the help of a computerized machine. As a patient, you will have to lie down on a special bed with soft pads. These pads look identical to blood pressure pads. The soft pads are tied below the knees, to the legs, in both the arms and above on the hips. Next, 3 or 5 electrodes are used and applied to your chest for recording an ECG. Positive and negative pressure is applied to the cuffs, helping them to inflate and deflate.

The deflation and inflation of the cuffs is brought into line with an individual’s heart beats. This helps in forcing the blood to move from the legs to the heart. The functional efficiency of your heart is enhanced by enabling increased circulation of blood via the arteries and blood vessels.


How Does ECP Benefit Patients?

With the increase of blood circulation to the heart, patients benefit from this treatment in the following ways:

When it comes to the benefits of ECP, the impact last for 3-6 years or more after the treatment is complete. Studies have shown that people who have opted for ECP enjoyed the same benefits after 5 years as those who chose invasive procedures or angioplasty.


What about the Success Rate?

It’s true that ECP is a successful alternative to expensive and invasive bypass surgery. However, the outcome or the result may vary from one patient to the other. Nonetheless, the success rate for patients according to a recent study has been reported to have been approximately 90%. With ECP, a patient is not vulnerable to the risks associated with angioplasty or bypass surgery.

The success rate of this treatment is evident from the fact that in the United States, the ratio pertaining to the medical insurance settlement has been increased by 7 percent which is only 6% for angioplasty and bypass surgery.

So, if you are a patient of angina and looking for a safe, affordable and non-invasive cardiac treatment, get in touch with a qualified and professional external counter pulsation therapist. The treatment is safe and also approved by the statutory authorities in the US, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Chane

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