EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation)

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Enhanced External Counterpulsation or EECP is a painless, noninvasive treatment for heart disease and heart failure. It increases blood flow to the heart and coronary arteries, enabling the heart to perform at an optimal level.

EECP therapy involves wrapping long inflatable cuffs around a patient’s calves, thighs, and buttocks.

An electrocardiogram machine picks up the heart rhythms and sets the timing for the cuffs to inflate while the heart is at rest and then deflate just before the heart begins to pump.

Heart Conditions We Treat With EECP

At the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, we use EECP to treat people with the following conditions:

Also, patients who are considered inoperable or at high risk can also receive EECP treatment.

Benefits of EECP

Many people who have EECP often experience:

  • Fewer symptoms associated with coronary artery disease and heart failure.
  • An improvement in their exercise capacity.
  • A better quality of life.

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