Dr. Julian Whitaker of the Whitaker Wellness Institute (949-851-1550) discusses EECP.
Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) is a nonsurgical therapy for angina, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions involving poor circulation.
It could be called a Natural Bypass
If you've been diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy, or another circulatory disorder, you could benefit from a nonsurgical therapy called EECP. This therapy is sometimes referred to as a "natural bypass" because it enhances the body's ability to create new pathways for blood flow around clogged arteries. EECP greatly accelerates the formation of tiny blood vessels called collaterals, helping restore healthy circulation to organs and tissues that have been deprived of blood and oxygen.
How Does EECP Work?
EECP Relieves Angina
EECP was developed at Harvard University almost 50 years ago as a therapy for angina, the squeezing chest pain that occurs when the heart is not getting enough oxygen.
By encouraging the formation of collaterals around blockages in the coronary arteries, EECP enhances the heart's supply of oxygen and reduces chest pain. Several studies conducted at leading university medical centers have shown that patients who undergo a course of EECP experience significant benefits:
They have fewer episodes of angina
They experience less intense episodes of angina
They need less anti-angina medication
They can walk farther without experiencing angina
They can resume work and enjoy more social activities
Unlike drugs that are prescribed for angina, EECP is completely safe and without side effects. And unlike angioplasty and bypass surgery — highly invasive surgical interventions that are used to clear or circumvent blockages in the arteries — EECP can be done on an outpatient basis and requires no post-treatment recovery period.
Many patients choose EECP after suffering a heart attack or enduring one or even several surgeries for coronary artery disease. In some cases, EECP is their only option. Yet this non-invasive therapy is so safe and effective that it should be considered as a first-line treatment for angina, not just a last resort after surgery has been ruled out. For more information, call (949) 851-1550 or see the Web site at www.WhitakerWellness.com
(949) 851-1550: Dr. Julian Whitaker