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External Counter Pulsation (ECP)

California Heart Specialists Recommend External Counter Pulsation (ECP)

Are you suffering from severe or chronic chest pain? Have you been diagnosed with chest pain and are no longer responding to any medical treatment? Have you been asked by your doctor to curb physical activity to prevent the occurrence of chest pain? Have bypass surgery or angioplasty been considered extremely risky for you? Are you vulnerable to other risk factors like heart failure, diabetes, pulmonary disorder, and renal dysfunction?

If so, then our board-certified physicians in Cardiovascular Medicine recommend external counter pulsation therapy (ECP) – an alternative noninvasive treatment for bypass surgery and angioplasty.

At California Heart Specialists, we have provided outstanding cardiac care to the residents of Southern California for more than 10 years. We provide our patients with ECP therapy daily and our staff create a comfortable environment to cater to each of our patient’s needs.

About Our Procedure

ECP therapy treats severe angina, chest pain, and shortness of breath that results from the lack of oxygen delivery to your heart muscles. Inflated cuffs are wrapped around your thighs, calves, and lower abdomen, and three electrical leads are placed on your upper body. By analyzing the electrical signals from your heart, the cuffs are able to inflate and push blood from your lower limbs to your heart.This increases the blood and oxygen delivery to the heart, allowing new vessels to be formed.

Our specialists recommend ECP for patients who suffer from chest pain caused by blockages of the coronary arteries. ECP is an effective and safe therapy with proven records of little to no side effects while treating thousands of patients worldwide.


Minimal preparation is required. We advise patients to wear tight-fitting elastic garments to prevent irritation that may be caused by pulsation cuffs.

We Assure the Best in Cardiac Health

Our physicians are friendly and caring. They provide the best ECP treatment to help patients live full and active lifestyles. Our cardiologists will first determine whether ECP is right for you. If so, trained staff and technologists will ensure that your sessions are safe, effective and comfortable.

How Does ECP Benefit Patients?

Depending on individual patients, our external counter pulsation therapy benefits patients in the following ways:

  • Fewer angina and chest pain episodes
  • Less dependency on anti-angina medication
  • Lessened chest pain
  • Ability to exercise improves
  • More energy and active lifestyle
  • Get back to work and participate in more social activities
  • Our ECP procedure is safe and has little to no risk
  • Comfortable sessions

Call us at (714) 842-8100 to schedule an appointment.


CA Heart and Vein Specialists
18800 Main Street, Suite 103
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: 657-206-8491

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