Fratellone Medical Associates

External Enhanced Counterpulsation (EECP)

Coronary Artery Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States among men and women. While percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary artery bypass graft surgery have become commonplace procedures for many patients, EECP therapy is an established, non-invasive alternative treatment for those with heart disease such as angina and heart failure who are unamenable to invasive interventions.

EECP therapy utilizes three sets of compressive cuffs wrapped around the upper thighs, lower thighs and calves that inflate and deflate with the patient’s heartbeat, increasing blood flow and oxygen to the heart and other organs. This increased blood flow reduces or eliminates anginal symptoms and decreases the need for anti-anginal medications in most patients.

This non-invasive, painless, outpatient treatment can relieve or eliminate the chest pain known as angina pectoris. We evaluate your heart by performing stress tests before and after EECP. The benefits of this treatment, which takes an hour and is performed five days per week for seven weeks, are:

EECP thearpy can be a clinically beneficial option for patients with medically refractory angina. EECP has been shown to increase venous return and coronary blood flow, reducing myocardial oxygen demand and workload. The decreased myocardial oxygen demand in combination with improved endothelial dysfunction secondary to increased nitric oxide release and neurohormonal deactvitation has been shown to lead to increased exercise capacity, improved functional class and a decline in anginal episodes. For the greater majority of patients, the benefits persist for up to three years following treatment.

Fratellone Medical Associates offers EECP treatment in our medical office facility. BYPASS A SURGICAL BYPASS WITH EECP! For more information, please follow the link below:

The Big Squeeze
New York Daily News
Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

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