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Cardiology

Cardiac Procedures
Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP)

About the procedure

Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) is a noninvasive procedure that is used to improve blood flow to the heart. EECP helps to open or stimulate the formation of new blood vessels, which create a natural bypass around narrowed or blocked arteries. EECP is an alternative to heart bypass surgery, stenting, and other invasive treatments.

Why it’s done

EECP may be recommended for you if you have chest pain (angina) caused by blockages of your coronary arteries. EECP may also be used if you have heart failure (cardiomyopathy).

What to expect

Preparation: On the day of your EECP procedure, you may want to dress in tight-fitting athletic pants or tights in order to help reduce chafing.

During: During EECP, you will wear a set of inflatable cuffs, much like blood pressure cuffs, on your lower limbs. The cuffs will mechanically inflate, squeezing the blood vessels and pushing blood back to your heart. Most patients find the procedure to be relaxing, much like a massage. You will receive treatment one hour a day for six weeks.

After: When your EECP procedure is done, you can resume your normal routine. Following the full cycle of EECP, you will likely have less chest pain, and improved heart function. Many patients also have more energy, and can enjoy a more active lifestyle.

Getting the best cardiac care

As part of New York Cardiovascular Associates’ approach to provide the best cardiac care in New York City and enable patients to live full, active lives, our cardiologists use noninvasive heart treatments like EECP when appropriate. A cardiologist will assess whether EECP is the right treatment for you, and trained technologists will make sure your treatment sessions are comfortable and effective.

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