Wilson Medical Center's Regional EECP® Heart Center
Currently, over eight million people suffer from angina, and thousands more from the symptoms of heart failure. Wilson Medical Center's Regional EECP Heart Center offers a therapy which has been proven to reduce or even eliminate angina pain while stabilizing the symptoms of heart failure.
What is EECP?
Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) is a non-invasive, outpatient therapy and does not require hospitalization.
What does the name Enhanced External Counterpulsation mean?
The name Enhanced External Counterpulsation describes what happens during treatment. EECP is "external" because it happens outside of the body and doesn't require surgery. "Counterpulsation" means that the EECP system pumps when the heart is resting and stops pumping when the heart is working. Counterpulsation increases blood flow to the heart muscle, decreases the heart's workload, and creates greater oxygen supply and less oxygen demand.
Who is a possible candidate for EECP Therapy?
Ask your physician to evaluate you. You may be a candidate for EECP if you:
Have chronic stable angina;
are not receiving adequate relief from angina by taking nitrates;
do not qualify as a candidate for invasive procedures;
have exhausted invasive treatments without lasting relief of symptoms;
are unwilling to undergo surgery or angioplasty, or,
want to explore alternatives to bypass surgery or angioplasty.
What have studies shown about EECP Treatment?
Clinical studies have shown that EECP is an effective treatment for angina. Studies have confirmed the following benefits:
Relief of angina unresponsive to medical therapy
Relief of angina for which PTCA and CABG are no longer options
Improved blood flow to oxygen-deprived(ischemic) areas of heart muscle as evidenced in the resolution or improvement of perfusion defects on thallium scan
Little or no need for nitrates
Improved exercise capacity and an enhanced quality of life
Do patients improve after EECP Therapy?
Patients can walk farther, carry heavier packages, and be more active without having angina
Patients have fewer attacks of angina
Episodes of angina are less painful
Patients need less anti-anginal medication
What are the risks?
There are no known adverse effects as a result of receiving EECP.
How often are patients treated?
Treatment sessions are one-hour, once a day, five days a week, for seven weeks. Many people have continued their employment while receiving treatment by scheduling their sessions before or after work.
EECP Therapy is Medicare approved and covered by most commercial insurance providers. Brooke Baird, RN, EECP Department Manager brings four years of experience in this therapy.
This regional heart treatment center serves Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma.
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.