INNOVA Health Renewal Center will offer as their primary service a non-invasive therapy for people with various ailments that are related to poor blood circulation. We provide External Counterpulsation Therapy (ECP, also known as EECP) on an FDA approved ECP Machine.
Here you will find a professional, friendly staff to help you on your way to improved health and a better overall quality of life.
Understanding ECP Therapy
An INNOVA skilled ECP technician will administer the therapy to a qualified patient. The technician will remain near the bed to monitor the treatment and to help comfort the patient.
The patient will lay on the comfortable ECP bed, while an INNOVA technician will wrap the air pressure cuffs snuggly on the lower body, specifically, the calves, thighs, and buttocks. The air pressure cuffs resemble blood pressure cuffs.
The technician will then attach electrodes to the patient’s chest to monitor and keep track of their heart rhythm. A computer, monitored by the technician, will then keep track of the cuff inflation and deflation as it synchronizes with the heart rhythm. The cuffs will inflate and deflate during the resting phase of the cardiac cycle, also known as the diastolic phase.
What is the difference between ECP and EECP?
External Counterpulsation Therapy is the official term used to describe this heart therapy. EECP is a common term in the industry as well, but it is a trademarked term used by the company Vasomedical. Vasomedical is 1 of 4 companies that sells ECP machines, and they coined EECP to differentiate their version of ECP therapy from others in the industry.
What are the benefits of ECP Therapy?
ECP is a non-invasive procedure that provides little to no risk for appropriate patients. Clinical studies show that patients who have undergone ECP Therapy have noted less chest pain, a reduction in the use of heart medication, increased energy levels and tolerances for exercise and an overall better quality of life.
Who benefits from ECP Therapy?
ECP Therapy is an option for patients who are not candidates to undergo surgical procedures. ECP may also benefit patients who have already undergone surgical procedures, whose symptoms have returned. ECP is often times ideal for patients with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), or patients that exhibit symptoms of angina during minimal activity or stress and fall within Class 3 or 4 stable angina.
ECP Therapy will benefit CAD patients with any of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
ECP also helps patients whose medication no longer controls their symptoms or that a patient simply does not tolerate.
What are the risks of ECP Therapy?
Because ECP is a non-invasive procedure, ECP Therapy is generally a low-risk option. However, in some cases ECP may not be the right choice to manage heart conditions such as heart disease.
- ECP Therapy may not be the right choice for patients with:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- A history of deep vein thrombophlebitis
- Severe valvular disease
- Severe peripheral vascular disease
- Severe congestive heart failure
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
- Patients undergoing anti-coagulation
Careful consideration is needed for patients with recent surgical procedures, patients with uncontrolled arrhythmias, and certain types of pacemakers. Please consult with a physician to determine if you are a candidate for ECP Therapy.
Patients in good health also benefit from ECP as a preventative and maintenance therapy. Athletes use ECP Therapy to help improve their cardiovascular performance. This provides a complete cardiovascular workout for athletes while reducing lactic acid buildup and increasing blood flow to muscles which leads to improved exercise tolerances and reduced recovery times.
How effective is ECP Therapy?
Studies show that up to 80% of patients that undergo ECP report significant improvement after receiving a full course of therapy. Patients often report less chest pain, elevated energy levels and increased stamina, and patients report less dependency on heart medication. Positive results of the therapy can usually be felt between 10 and 14 treatments. Some studies suggest that ECP Therapy results in patients can have a lasting effect of up to five years.
Does health insurance cover ECP Therapy?
Yes, ECP Therapy is covered by Medicare and most major insurance carriers and healthcare plans.
When should ECP Therapy be prescribed?
ECP Therapy is for patients who suffer from Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) or Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). ECP is oftentimes prescribed to patients that are not candidates for surgical procedures.
Other ECP Therapy benefits
ECP Therapy is equivalent to intense exercise. This makes ECP a great benefit for elderly patients with an inactive lifestyle because with therapy they can experience as much as six times the amount of peripheral exercise from one hour of treatment.
Data courtesy of Applied Cardiac Systems, Inc., www.appliedcardiacsystems.com