If you have heart disease
and answer “yes” to any of these questions, EECP (Enhanced
External Counterpulsation) can help! You may not realize that your pain or lack of energy is caused by your heart disease. But fatigue and shortness of breath are not a part of getting old, and you do not “just have to learn to live with it.” These symptoms, along with chest pain or pressure, pain in the jaw, neck, arms and back, result from lack of blood flow. They are the heart’s way of crying out. And there is something you can do about it that is covered by insurance, and doesn’t involve surgery or a hospital visit.
- Remember a time when you could do more?
- Get short of breath when you climb stairs?
- Get tired more easily than you used to?
- Keep nitroglycerin handy in case you have an angina attack?
EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) is:
Perhaps best of all: EECP doesn't bring any of the risks or recovery time associated with surgery.
- clincally proven to be as effective as bypass surgery, angioplasty, and stents
- FDA-approved, Medicare-approved and covered by insurance
- the only non-invasive treatment for coronary artery disease, angina, and congestive heart failure
- offered by leading medical centers including the Mayo
Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and right here in the Delaware Valley by Debra
Braverman, M.D., a nationally recognized expert in the treatment
How does it work?
EECP improves the flow of healthy,
oxygenated blood to the heart by opening or forming small (collateral)
blood vessels, which create natural bypasses around narrowed or blocked arteries. In doing so, EECP:
Very simply, patients tell us, EECP “lets them live again.”
- reduces or eliminates angina
- increases energy and stamina
- returns patients to activities they thought they had given up forever
to a message from Dr. Braverman about EECP.
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What happens during EECP treatment?
EECP is as easy as taking an hour's rest! Here’s how it works:
- You lie comfortably on a special bed, and a series of blood pressure cuffs are wrapped around your legs.
- An EKG triggers the cuffs to
inflate and deflate in sync with your own heart beat, pumping healthy
blood throughout your body and taking a load off your heart.
- During the heart's resting
phase, when it normally receives its supply of blood, the cuffs
inflate, pushing oxygen-rich blood toward your heart.
- Just before your heart begins
to pump again, the cuffs rapidly deflate and blood leaves your heart
without the muscle having to work as hard.
- Most patients read, listen to music, or even sleep during the hour-long treatment.
- Each treatment is 60 minutes long, and you come for 35 treatments in total.
How effective is it?
Studies on EECP show most patients:
- significantly improve or completely eliminate their symptoms (angina)
- significantly increase their stamina, exercise tolerance, and quality of life
- reduce or eliminate their use of nitroglycerin and other medications
- experience these benefits for as long as 3-5 years, as shown on stress
thallium tests that illustrate the improved blood flow to the heart muscle
- one study found that patients do just as well five years after EECP as those who have surgery
- are less likely than bypass
and angioplasty patients to go to the emergency room, require hospital
stays, and undergo additional surgical procedures
Who benefits from EECP Treatment?
Nearly everyone with coronary artery disease, angina, or congestive
heart failure can benefit from EECP. It is particularly well-suited to
- Have already had angioplasty,
stents, or bypass surgery, but their
heart disease symptoms have
returned or persisted.
- Are not candidates for surgery due
to other medical conditions
- Do not want to undergo surgery
- Are diabetic
- Have small vessels (often women)
- Rely on medications or curtail their
activities to avoid angina and other heart disease symptoms
Where else is EECP performed?
EECP is performed at more than 600
locations throughout the U.S., as well as around the world, including:
Argentina, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel,
Italy, Japan, Saudia Arabia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Here is a
partial list of U.S. facilities that perform EECP:
- Christ Hospital and Medical
- Univ. of California at
- Texas Heart Institute
- Univ. of California at
- JFK Medical Center, Atlantis,
- Univ. of Florida at Gainesville
- Kaiser Permanente of Denver
- Univ. of New York at Stony
- The Miami Heart Institute
- The Mayo Clinic
- The Cleveland Clinic
- Beth Israel Medical Center,
New York City
- Johns Hopkins Medical Center
- The Ochsner Foundation Hosptal
- University of Pittsburgh
- University Hospital UMDNJ/NJ
- University of Virginia
- Emory University
Find out what thousands
of heart disease sufferers have already discovered. They are "living again," thanks to EECP.
Call 215-342-2100 to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Braverman.