EECP Therapy Specialist

Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy

Integrative Medicine & Alternative Medicine located in Ringgold, GA

If you have chronic stable angina, you might struggle to participate in even moderate activity without symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath. To ease your symptoms and improve exercise tolerance, Robert Burkich, MD, and the team at Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy in Ringgold, Georgia, offer enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy. To find out more about how this treatment gets your muscles and organs the oxygen they need, book an appointment by phone or online at Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy today.

EECP therapy Q & A

What is EECP therapy?

Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy is a treatment process to increase oxygen delivery throughout your body via your blood vessels. This tolerable, low-risk therapy can improve your circulation & cardiovascular functioning without placing any extra stress on the system. 

EECP therapy works by gently compressing small blood vessels and capillaries in your calves, thighs, and buttox which causes increased blood flow to your heart. The process causes additional small blood vessels to form and open up, further improving oxygenated blood flow to the tissues throughout your body that need it.

What are the benefits of EECP therapy?

EECP therapy helps improve circulation which increases deliver oxygen-rich blood flow to every organ and tissue in your body that needs it. When applied to your health and wellness, there are many benefits and advantages of undergoing this treatment process. A few of the potential benefits are:

  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Less chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Fewer symptoms of chronic fatigue
  • Improve erectile dysfunction
  • Improve overall circulation
  • A boost in energy
  • Less need for angina medications
  • Increased ability to participate in strenuous activities without cardiovascular symptoms

Successful EECP therapy may also help you avoid the need for invasive procedures like stenting or bypass surgery, which can be complex and relatively high risk. You can undergo EECP therapy even if you’re currently taking nitrates, especially if you aren’t getting adequate relief from them alone.

What should I expect during EECP therapy?

EECP is noninvasive, and it takes place in the Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy office on an outpatient basis. For the best results, you should come in 1-2 hours a day, four days a week, for a total of 35 treatments.

During treatment, you lay down on a padded table in the office. From an electrocardiograph (ECG) machine, the team connects three electrodes to your chest. They use the machine to track your heart’s rhythm throughout the treatment. 

Next, the team places cuffs around your hips, thighs and calves. They inflate the cuffs, so they place pressure around your legs to compress the blood vessels. The team synchronizes the inflation and deflation with your heartbeat to make sure the blood flow enters your heart as it relaxes between beats.

EECP therapy can improve your heart’s endurance during exercise and, in general, and can be especially beneficial if you have chronic stable angina. To find out if you’re a good candidate for EECP therapy, call Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy, or book an appointment online today.