Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)
What is EECP?
EECP therapy is an outpatient treatment for angina and heart failure. Treatments are usually given for an hour each day, five days a week, for a total of 35 hours.
During the treatment, you lie on a comfortable treatment table with large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around your legs and buttocks. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between your heart beats. A continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to set the timing so the cuffs inflate while the heart is at rest, when it normally gets its supply of blood and oxygen. The cuffs deflate at the end of that rest period, just before the next heart beat. The special sensor applied to your finger checks the oxygen level in your blood and monitors the pressure waves created by the cuff inflations and deflations.
IMPORTANT: Please Read and Follow Instruction Carefully
1. Arrive 10 -15 minutes before your schedule time.
2. Take all medications as ordered
3. Don’t eat or drink (except medication) for 2 hours before treatment.
4. Choose clothing that is easy to change. Bicycle pants will be provided. Wear short socks. Wear a loose, comfortable top with an open neck.
5. A friend or relative may stay with you during your treatment.
If you have any questions, please ask your EECP therapist.