Your heart is essential to your well-being. Any trouble with your heart or any pain in your heart is a cause of serious concern and should be addressed by a medical professional immediately. There are many tests that medical professionals can use as well as therapies designed to improve the function of your heart. One of these therapies is called ECP heart care. EPC stands for external counter pulsation. This is a very simple and non-invasive procedure. It provides little to no risk to patients, and virtually no discomfort is involved. Many patients have seen this therapy as a viable option to taking medication or even having surgery to address their heart problems. This procedure has been shown to be very effective in providing relief for individuals suffering from angina.
Angina is chest pain or discomfort that a person feels because the heart muscle is not getting enough blood. When a person is dealing with angina, it feels like someone is squeezing their chest. The pain from angina might be felt in shoulders, in the back, or in the neck. Angina is the result of the heart muscles not getting enough oxygen and not being able to distribute oxygen effectively to the rest of the body.
ECP heart care is nothing new. It has been used in the United States for more than half a century. However, over the years, the procedures used in this technique have improved with technology. It has reached a point where many in the medical community see ECP as a viable alternative to surgery or chemical intervention.
When clinical studies have been done on patients receiving ECP heart care treatment, between 80 and 90 percent of them say they feel better once their therapy is finished. Many of them commented that their chest pain has diminished and that they do not need to use as much nitroglycerin or other heart medications. Some of the symptoms that they were battling with, such as loss of energy, shortness of breath, and an inability to go about daily activities, all but disappeared.
ECP heart care treatment is performed in the comfort of our office over the course of 35 hours. It is broken down into one-hour treatments that are performed once a day, five days a week, for seven weeks. To get all the facts about this therapy, take a moment to schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. James DeStephens in Gainesville. Contact us today to book your appointment!