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EECP treatment is an outpatient treatment that stretches to 35 hours. This period is broken into every day one hour periods spread over six days a week.
The patient is made to lie on a comfortable table and large blood pressure-like cuffs (used commonly in instruments measuring blood pressure!) are wrapped around the legs and buttocks. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific intervals between heart beats. A continuous electro cardiogram (ECG) is used to set the timing of inflation and deflation. The cuffs will inflate when the heart is at rest and they deflate at the end of the rest period. Special sensors check the oxygen level in the blood continuously and also the pressure waves created by the inflations and deflations.
There is no special preparation for EECP, since it is an out-patient, non-invasive procedure. The basic precautions are
Because the cuffs will be tightly wrapped around the legs, thighs and buttocks, patients will have to wear tight-fitting pants, in order to prevent abrasion of the skin
EECP treatment has delivered highly visible and viable results and the reliability of the EECP procedure has been confirmed by scientific studies.