External Counter Pulsation – A Non-invasive Therapy for Chronic Angina
What is Angina?
Angina is a signal from your body telling you that your heart muscle is not receiving enough oxygenated blood.Over 6 million people in the United States suffer from this condition.The heart requires an especially enriched supply of oxygen via the incoming blood flow in the coronary arteries. When the vessels that supply the heart with oxygenated blood become narrowed, the area of the heart that is not receiving the proper blood flow responds with a very painful signal called angina pectoris.
How Can External Counter Pulsation (ECP) Relieve Angina?
Your heart is the pump that supplies blood flow throughout the body. It supplies tissues with the oxygen and nutrients that are needed to sustain life. In order to efficiently accomplish this important task, the heart muscle needs oxygen-enriched blood to generate energy for pumping blood to the body. The heart relies on its own set of blood vessels called coronary arteries to receive oxygenated blood.ECP seems to improve circulation to your heart muscle by opening new pathways that circumvent the blocked arteries.
- Less medication is required
- Fewer angina attacks
- They can do much more physically such as walking, golfing and gardening
- Life becomes more normal