ECP is completely noninvasive and requires no anesthesia or recovery time. A set of inflatable cuffs is placed around the legs and pelvis. The cuffs are sequentially inflated from the bottom up, under high pressure. This causes the arteries and veins in the lower extremities to collapse and forces the blood upwards toward the heart. A wave of pressure then proceeds into the heart and into the coronary arteries. The result is a significant increase in cardiac blood flow. After a series of treatments, usually 35 one hour sessions in length, collateral blood vessels develop around the heart, creating a natural bypass around the occluded vessels. The response rate for patients suffering from angina is around 80 percent, with none of the risks of open-heart surgery or angioplasty. People who complete a series of ECP treatments often have fewer episodes of angina, reduce or eliminate their need for anti-angina medications, have greater exercise tolerance and improved endurance, and have a greatly improved overall quality of life.
ECP treatment is similar to having a set of giant blood pressure cuffs on your legs. Since the cuffs are inflated and deflated in time to your heart beat, some patients compare treatment to a rhythmic massage. Most patients listen to music, read a book or even take a relaxing nap while receiving ECP treatments. Many feel alert, rested and energetic after their treatment is over.
Because it boosts circulation throughout the body, external counter pulsation is a general panacea. It is perhaps the most potent anti-aging therapy. It should be considered in any program to support individuals well-being.
There are numerous other benefits, since having counter pulsation is like adding a second heart to the body. Increased blood flow occurs in the brain, kidneys, intestines, and all other parts of the body. Complex hormonal interactions are stimulated, resulting in improved kidney function, lowering of blood pressure, increased energy, endurance, and sense of well-being. Patients who’ve had a stroke have experienced much quicker improvements than would otherwise occur.
Medications used for treating chest pain as well as high blood pressure may be reduced and sometimes completely eliminated. ECP is also effective in boosting athletic performance, providing a complete, passive cardiovascular workout, reducing lactic acid buildup, and increasing blood and lymph flow in muscles.