ECP(EECP) Principle


External Counterpulsation (ECP- External Counterpulsation) is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, non-surgical and outpatient medical therapy for the treatment of angina, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and cardiogenic shock. 


How is EECP/ECP therapy delivered?

The EECP/ECP systems consist of three sets of inflatable pressure cuffs wrapped around the calves and the lower and upper thighs, including the buttocks, as the patient lies down. In synchronization with each cardiac cycle, obtained with an integrated 3 electrode single channel ECG, the cuffs are sequentially inflated from the calves to the buttocks during diastole to produce an arterial retrograde flow towards the aortic root to increase coronary blood flow. EEC/ECP simultaneously increases venous return to raise cardiac output. The cuffs are deflated simultaneously before the onset of systole to provide an empty vascular space reducing systemic vascular resistance in the lower extremities to receive blood ejecting from the heart, significantly reducing the workload and oxygen demand of the heart.

In the process, ECP develops new pathways around blocked arteries in the heart by expanding networks of tiny blood vessels ("collaterals") that help increase and normalize blood flow to the heart muscle. For this reason, it is often called the NATURAL BYPASS.



What can ECP therapy do for you?
         Angioplasty (PTCA) or Bypass surgery (CABG).
         CAD – Coronary Artery Disease
         CHD – Coronary Heart Disease
          PVD – Peripheral Vascular Disease
          ED – Erectile Dysfunction
          Cardiac chest pain
          Congestive heart failure
          High blood pressure
         Peripheral neuropathy
          Peripheral vascular disease
          Edema, or venous insufficiency
          Chronic fatigue
          Intestinal vascular insufficiency
Other benefits of ECP therapy includes:
          Parkinson's disease
          kidney disease
          Memory disorders
          Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy
          Cerebral palsy
          Peripheral vascular disease
          Chronic fatigue syndrome
          Macular degeneration
          Other circulatory diseases
          hearing loss and tinnitus
          vision impairment
          autoimmune diseases (including Raynaud's phenomenon)
          rheumatic disease
          restless leg syndrome.
          Sports Enhancement
         Lymphatic System