Chronic angina and EECP: A non-invasive treatment
EECP is an outpatient treatment. You will be lying on a padded treatment bed with a pulse oximeter and electrodes attached to your chest. These are connected to the EKG machine to track your heart rhythm. Your blood pressure will also be monitored. A set of specialized cuffs will be wrapped around the lower and upper legs and buttocks, attached to air hoses that inflate and deflate the cuffs. The sensation is a squeezing effect when the cuffs are inflated, and then a release, timed with your heartbeat and blood pressure. This therapy is delivered for one hour per day, five days a week, for seven weeks.
EECP treatments and you: No recovery time.
You will be wearing special pants we provide and will be given direction about what to eat (or not eat), along with any medication changes. You will be informed about what to expect and any pretreatment actions you need to do. You should find this therapy to be easy to tolerate. You can drive to and from your treatment appointments, and there is no recovery time. You may experience minor dizziness or headache, but this is uncommon. You could feel somewhat tired after your treatment as if you have engaged in an hour of exercise – which is essentially true.