EECP is a non-surgical, mechanical procedure that can reduce the symptoms of angina pectoris, by increasing coronary blood flow in areas of the heart that lack blood flow.
In an EECP / ECP session, the patient lies on a padded table. Three large inflatable cuffs – similar to blood pressure cuffs – are strapped around the calves, lower-thighs and upper-thighs. The patient's heart is monitored by an electrocardiograph display in the EECP / ECP machine, which through the computer, regulates the inflation and deflation of the cuffs. During the part of the cardiac cycle when the heart is as rest (diastole), the cuffs are rapidly inflated in sequential order beginning with the cuffs on the calves and working upward. Just before systole (heart contraction), the cuffs are simultaneously deflated. EECP / ECP generally involves 35 sessions of treatment. Each session is for 1 hour and the patient is usually asked to come 6 days a week, for 6 weeks. However, the entire team at IPC is very well trained on how to make adjustments in the protocol, where needed, to treat difficult cases. So EECP / ECP at IPC is very safe and applicable to even most of the cases that cannot be handled by other EECP centres. IPC makes every effort to see to the comfort of the patient and his / her body.