LifeWorks Wellness Center offers a groundbreaking procedure for cardiovascular disease and many other conditions that respond to improvements in circulation and better oxygenation of the blood. It is called Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP).
EECP treatment involves increasing the amount of blood returning to the heart, which helps supply more oxygen and blood to any starved areas of the heart. This also decreases how hard the heart has to work and gives the heart a greater volume of blood to work with. When more oxygen is available to the heart, it can function more efficiently and this can result in reduction or elimination of chest pain and alleviation of many issues associated with decreased circulation.
The procedure was originally developed in China in the 1960's. The concept for its development was based on a similar mechansim found in the intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP). With IABP, a balloon is inserted into a blood vessel and inflated. This naturally increases the amount of blood that can be pumped out of the heart, which lead to better oxygenation and improved blood flow and a reduction in symptoms.
What Happens During an EECP Treatment
In EECP, the treatment is completely non-invasive and everything is done externally. The patient lies comfortably on cushioned table and is fitted to three pairs of external inflatable cuffs that are applied around the lower legs, upper legs and buttocks. These cuffs (somehwat similar to a blood pressure cuff) continuously inflate and deflate between the resting period of the heartbeat and thereby increase blood returned to the heart.
Video about EECP Therapy
Watch this video as Dr. Minkoff describes EECP therapy.
How Does EECP Help?
EECP Therapy promotes the development of new blood vessels (a sort of natural bypass to clogged vessels) and restores the flow of healthy, oxygenated blood to the heart.
This new therapy offers a safe, non-invasive, painless treatment that maximises oxygen and nutrient rich blood flow throughout the body which in turn improves stamina, strength, mobility and vitality.
EECP Therapy can successfully treat: heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and memory loss, neuropathy, erectile dysfunction, hearing loss, vision impairment, autoimmune disease, vertigo, rheumatic disease and restless legs syndrome and any conditions which can be directly linked to poor circulation, such as chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Try EECP Today!
If you have poor circulation or cardiovascular disease or any of the conditions listed above, then we strongly recommend you consider trying EECP therapy. It's safe, non-invasive and you might be able to reduce or even eliminate many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease and other conditions where poor circulation is a factor, while improving your oxygen levels and stimulating new blood vessel growth. Come to our Clearwater clinic and experience the benefits of EECP therapy.
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