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ECP Therapy meets the needs of various people who are seeking to proactively manage and improve their health and wellness. By enhancing circulation, ECP treatments promote mental and physical wellbeing.

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Benefits of ECP Therapy for Wellness

In clinical studies, ECP has been shown to relieve angina symptoms,4 such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Patients have experienced improvement in exercise duration as well.2 Studies have also shown that ECP may help:2, 3, 4, 7:

  • Improve exercise duration
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Better quality of life
  • Improve blood flow to the arms and legs
  • Low risk/high benefit
  • Potential to increase skin oxygenation
Overall, patients report an improved quality of life 3 with ECP and studies have shown that the benefits may last about 2-3 years.4 Best of all, you may repeat the therapy as needed. Talk to your physician about the timing of therapy sessions

“Since I started ECP therapy, my sugar level, heart rate and blood pressure have lowered and the numbness in my fingers have subsided. I’m also an active person but I have even more energy now. I will continue taking ECP therapy for many years to come. It’s like having a second heart!”
Peter Koslowski
Businessman - Thailand

Chest pain? Shortness of breath? Dizziness or headaches? The problem could be poor blood flow.

Our heart and circulatory system are designed to transport oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body, as well as filter out waste and carbon dioxide. Good blood flow is essential to good health, and has a positive effect on your mind and body.

Poor blood circulation greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). This occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries. As plaque builds up, it blocks and reduces the amount of blood flowing through. When this restricts blood flow to the heart muscle, it can cause chest pain, also known as angina. Angina can make it difficult to enjoy one's favourite activities, or even perform simple daily tasks.

In severe cases, plaque can block entire blood vessels. When blockage happens in the vessels supplying blood to the heart muscle or brain, it can lead to a heart attack and a stroke respectively.

What is ECP Therapy and how does it enhance blood flow?

ECP Therapy is a safe and non-invasive process that increases blood circulation and is used for the treatment of chronic stable angina. It enhances blood flow by pushing blood from the lower body toward the heart.

Pressure cuffs are wrapped around your lower body while you lay comfortably. These cuffs inflate when your heart is at rest and deflate right before your heart pumps. Due to the precise synchronisation with your heartbeat, ECP therapy has been described as a ‘second heart’ that allows your heart to perform with less effort.

The therapy is soothing and relaxing, much like a lower body massage. Many people listen to music, watch TV or simply rest during a therapy session.

To find out more on how ECP therapy works, click here.

How can you benefit from ECP Therapy?

After completing a course of ECP treatment, patients have shown7:

A reduction in angina symptoms: shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, pain or pressure in the chest, back, neck, jaw, shoulders or arms

  • A reduction in nitroglycerin medication use
  • An increase in energy and exercise tolerance
  • An overall improvement in quality of life
  • Benefits that can last for years after treatment

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Team Merlin is here to answer any questions you may have about receiving ECP Therapy or guide you through the best tailored solution for your business.

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  • 1)Braith RW, et al. Enhanced external counterpulsation improves peripheral artery flow-mediated dilation in patients with chronic angina: a randomized sham-controlled study. Circulation. 2010;122:1612-20.
  • 2)Arora RR, et al. Effects of Enhanced External Counterpulsation on Health-Related Quality of Life Continue 12 Months After Treatment: A Substudy of the Multicenter Study of Enhanced External Counterpulsation. Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2002; 50:25-32.
  • 3)Loh, et al. Enhanced External Counterpulsation in the Treatment of Chronic Refractory Angina: A Long-term Follow-up Outcome from the International Enhanced External Counterpulsation Patient Registry. Clin Cardiol. 2008;31:159-164.
  • 4)Cai D, Wu R, Shao Y. Experimental study of the effect of external counterpulsation on blood circulation in the lower extremities. Clinical and investigative medicine Medecine clinique et experimentale. 2000;23(4):239-47.
  • 5)Gurovich AN, Braith RW. Enhanced external counterpulsation creates acute blood flow patterns responsible for improved flow-mediated dilation in humans. Hypertension research : official journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension. 2013;36(4):297-305.
  • 6)Bonetti PO, Holmes DR, Lerman A, Barsness GW, Jr., Enhanced external counterpulsation for ischemic heart disease: what's behind the curtain? .J Am Coll Cardiol. 2003;41:1918–1925).
  • 7)Loh PH, Cleland JGF, Louis AA, et al. Enhanced external counterpulsation in the treatment of chronic refractory angina: A long-term follow-up outcome from the international enhanced external counterpulsation patient registry. Clin Cardiol. 2008;31:159-164