About ECP

ECP (External Counterpulsation) Therapy is a safe, non-invasive and clinically proven process that enhances blood circulation. The therapy comprises of synchronized external pressure applied on the lower limbs during the diastole phase of the heart cycle.

What are the Benefits of ECP Therapy

Application of a 3-lead ECG enables the compression of the blood vessels to be timed according to one's heartbeat. During diastolic phase, pressure cuffs wrapped around the calves, thighs and hips inflate sequentially. The precise inflation during diastole enhances oxygenated blood flow through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle. Right before the next heart contraction, the cuffs deflate simultaneously, thus decreasing the cardiac workload. This cycle augments systemic and coronary perfusion pressure while reducing left ventricular afterload. Venous return and cardiac output are also increased. These effects from ECP therapy lead to improvement in ischemia symptoms.

Chronic stable angina patients who respond well to ECP therapy often experience1:

  • A reduction in angina symptoms: shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, pain or pressure in chest, back, neck, jaw, shoulders, or arms
  • A reduction in nitroglycerin use
  • An increase in energy and exercise tolerance
  • Improve blood flow to the arms and legs
  • An overall improvement in quality of life
  • Benefits that can last for years after treatment

The Mechanism of ECP

Due to the haemodynamic effects of ECP, its beneficial effects apply not only to the heart, but also to the entire cardiovascular system.

Overall Benefits of ECP

To date, over 200 peer-reviewed clinical studies have been performed and published to understand the benefits of ECP on some of the world’s top diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and hypertension.

Based on current studies of the ECP mechanism, benefits of ECP have included:

  • Enhanced oxygenated blood flow to coronary arteries and strengthened heart muscles
  • Angiogenesis around the narrowed arteries in the heart; ECP is also called a ‘natural bypass’
  • Increased blood circulation throughout the body, including organs such as the brain, skin, kidneys and liver
  • Reduced arterial stiffness
  • Release of growth factors
  • Anti-inflammation
  • Stimulation of Nitric Oxide release
  • Positive impact on cardiovascular fitness
  • Improved sexual function for men
  • Improved vasodilation, increased VO2 and increased blood flow
  • Reduced lactic acid following exercise

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