External Counterpulsation: This noninvasive treatment option is for patients who are on medical therapy for Coronary artery disease and are still symptomatic. These patients may be complaining of limited exertion capacity, getting tired and fatigued easily, getting short of breath easily, have frequent Chest pain or have become Couch potatoes. Such patients, if they are not good candidates for stents or bypass surgery or do not want to undergo any further invasive procedures, ECP is the last hope of ray for them. This treatment involves pushing blood from the lower half of the body towards the heart by External mechanical compression of the muscles of the lower extremities. With this treatment, over a period of time , the heart can grow alternate channels of blood flow to provide more blood to the areas of the heart muscle that were previously not getting enough blood. As a result, more than 70 % of patients notice improvement in their symptoms and they start enjoying their life again!
This is a noninvasive method of treating heart patients without needles, surgery, or any hospital stay.
Patients with persistent symptoms and previous:
Patients who have the above conditions and are not candidates for repeat procedures or do not wish to undergo further invasive treatment modalities can benefit from ECP.
The majority of the patients (more than 75%) show marked improvement in functional capacity resulting in BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE!
No! ECP has been scientifically proven by many clinical studies to show improvement in the circulation to the heart that can result in improvement in the strength of the weak heart muscle.
Yes, it is covered by Medicare and most insurance carriers.
If you are a heart patient and have become a couch potato, consider ECP! Learn more by calling Mt. Vernon Heart Institute, or requesting an appointment online.
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