Wilson Medical Center announces a Regional Service for Heart Patients

Wilson Medical Center would like to announce the continuation of Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) Heart therapy, formerly provided at our facility through EECP Heart Center of Kansas. Brooke Baird, RN, brings four years of experience in this therapy, and has been announced as the director of Wilson Medical Center's Regional EECP Heart Center. This regional heart treatment center serves Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma.

Currently, over eight million people suffer from angina, and thousands more from the symptoms of heart failure. Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha offers a therapy which has been proven to reduce or even eliminate angina pain while stabilizing the symptoms of heart failure. EECP is a non-invasive, outpatient therapy and does not require hospitalization.

EECP Therapy uses cuffs, which are wrapped around the patient's lower extremities. These cuffs are connected to a special therapy bed. The EECP Therapist is specially trained to adjust the inflation and deflation of the cuffs to maintain full inflation while the coronary arteries fill with oxygen rich blood and fully deflate the cuffs just prior to the heart pumping again. This produces an increase in arterial blood flow which will dilate the natural pathways, called collaterals, and stimulate the heart to grow new pathways around blockages in the coronary arteries.

EECP Therapy is comfortable. Most patients watch TV, listen to the radio, or talk with their therapist. The treatments are one-hour a day, Monday through Friday. There are 35 treatments in total, which takes about 7 weeks to accomplish.

EECP Therapy is Medicare approved and covered by most commercial insurance providers. If you would like more information or to speak with Brooke about this service, please call (620)325-3700 or toll free (888)286-6798.