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Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy for Heart Disease and More

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  • Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is an effective adjunct to or primary therapy for heart disease, and may benefit a number of other conditions as well, including hypertension and diabetes
  • A principal benefit of this treatment is that rather than surgically grafting one or more vessels, EECP allows your body to create a multitude of blood vessels without surgical intervention
  • In the U.S., EECP is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare, if you have a diagnosis of angina or coronary heart disease resulting in angina
  • When EECP is done immediately after heart failure, your chances of repeat hospitalization within 30 to 60 days drops from 30 to 50 percent down to 15 percent
  • EECP can be viewed as a form of passive exercise, with similar benefits. For example, it decreases insulin resistance and is useful for the treatment of diabetes. It also boosts stem cell production naturally

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. S. Ramasamy is a cardiologist and noninvasive cardiology consultant specializing in heart failure management, whose innovative work centers around the use of enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). In this interview, he discusses the use of EECP as an adjunct to or primary therapy for heart disease, and how it may benefit a number of other conditions as well, including diabetes.


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