ENJOY YOUR LIFE AGAIN WITH ECP THERAPY
External Counterpulsation Therapy (ECP) is an exciting option for the treatment of heart disease, specifically Coronary Artery Disease. Many people who suffer from heart disease are unable to supply enough oxygen-rich blood to nourish the heart muscle (ischemia). The symptom commonly associated is angina (angina pectoris), or chest pain. Currently, many cardiologists prescribe ECP therapy for the treatment of angina. ECP has helped people throughout the world enjoy life again. It has given new hope to many of those suffering from heart disease. After completion of ECP therapy, many people return to an active and fulfilling lifestyle.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is ECP therapy?
ECP therapy is a non-invasive therapy designed to improve circulation and blood flow to the heart. ECP therapy is prescribed for the treatment of Coronary Artery Disease. ECP is safe, easy, and effective. The therapy consists of 35 daily treatments lasting for one hour per day. ECP is administered on an outpatient basis and requires no hospitalization. Best of all, ECP is an exciting option for those people who have had, or are not good candidates for bypass surgery or angioplasty. If medication does not provide adequate relief from angina, ECP could be a positive alternative to invasive procedures.
What does ECP therapy do?
ECP therapy helps to alleviate symptoms of angina by increasing blood flow to the coronary arteries and heart muscle. This therapy does not remove blockages or stop the disease process. However, ECP helps revascularize the heart muscle through the development of collateral vessels. Collateral vessels help to increase blood supply to the heart muscle. Clinical Studies have shown:
- ECP provides relief from Angina (chest pain)
- ECP may decrease need or use of medication
- ECP helps to improve exercise tolerance and daily activities
- ECP improves overall quality of life
- ECP provides results that can last for years
How does ECP therapy work?
During ECP therapy, pressure cuffs are wrapped firmly around the calves, thighs, and buttocks. The cuffs inflate and deflate between each heart beat. When inflated, the cuffs squeeze blood toward the heart increasing coronary perfusion pressure, coronary blood flow and oxygen supply. This process helps oxygenated blood reach the heart muscle, further reducing or eliminating angina pain.
Is ECP therapy painful?
No. ECP therapy is a non-invasive procedure that does not typically cause pain. However, some patients may experience mild discomfort, minor bruising, or skin irritation as a side-effect of ECP treatment.
Do Medicare and other insurance companies pay for ECP therapy?
Yes. Medicare will pay for ECP treatment when it is prescribed by a cardiologist. Many private insurance companies are also paying for ECP therapy. Check with your insurance provider to determine if ECP therapy is a covered treatment.
Is ECP therapy an appropriate treatment option?
Consult with your cardiologist or referring physician to determine if ECP therapy is an appropriate procedure for you. ECP therapy may be appropriate if you answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions:
Do you suffer daily from chest pain?
Does your chest pain stop you from performing daily activities?
Do you become short of breath with regular activity?
Do you suffer from Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)?
Are you anxious about the possibility of undergoing bypass surgery or angioplasty?
How can I find a local cardiologist who offers ECP therapy?
Physicians throughout the United States and Canada offer ECP therapy. Contact your cardiologist or referring physician to find out where ECP is provided in your area. For international ECP referrals, please call ACS corporate headquarters for assistance.