EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy) is most often used in the U.S for the treatment of advanced Coronary Artery Disease in patients that are no longer candidates for surgical intervention. EECP Therapy is an outpatient procedure that mechanically delivers oxygenated blood back to the heart over a period of 35 rehabilitation sessions. The treatment is considered the first line of treatment after surgical intervention has been explored.
More than 9 million patients within the U.S alone live with some form of Angina. The mechanism of EECP brings about great change within the body during treatment. In addition to to the heart, the squeeze mechanism of EECP systematically forces blood throughout the vascular system delivering oxygenated blood to all parts of the body including the brain, kidnes, lungs, liver and all extremities. To many elderly or in-active patients, it could have been many year since the body has experiences such an intense level of change. This is positive change.
EECP is proven to have profound benefits to the vessels from treatment. The shear stress of the retrograde arterial flow improves the vessels within the body to expand when more oxygenated blood is need. This is a primary function of aerobic exercise. This improvement helps the body deliver more oxygen blood supply to meet the demand of increased physical activity. With this being proven, can’t we also assume EECP can be an effective wellness tool for elderly or inactive patients that do not exercise or not capable of exercise?
The scientific answer is YES. However, this will take time to evolve with the current healthcare system in the U.S. There is a process (politics) involved before anything new concept (or new application of existing concept) becomes generally accepted.
We have all heard the key to a health life is Exercise because of the abundant benefits to your organs, tissue and vascular system brought from exercise. Now, we have exercise with the benefits of the highest intensity delivered without the risk, stress to the body or stress to the heart!