If you have chronic stable angina, congestive heart failure, or other cardiovascular issues, you should consider improving your health by setting up an appointment at Dr. James DeStephens in Gainesville, FL. We may be able to use a sophisticated treatment called ECP therapy to enhance your blood flow, improve your energy levels, and decrease your physical symptoms.
What Is ECP Therapy for Heart Health?
External counterpulsation is a non-invasive therapy that is designed to improve the health of your heart. This medical treatment is also known as ECP therapy. If you are not a good candidate for a bypass procedure or angioplasty, you might be able to use this technique to improve your quality of life. When you use this technique to address your negative symptoms, you will need to receive multiple treatments at our office in Gainesville.
During your treatment, we will use cuffs to compress some of your blood vessels. This process will enhance your blood flow. As you continue to receive treatments, your therapy sessions may cause your blood vessels to make new branches. Over time, these new branches may turn into natural bypasses that will decrease the negative symptoms that are associated with your damaged arteries.
What Factors Increase My Chance of Experiencing Heart Problems?
Cardiovascular illnesses are very common, and more than 12 million people in the United States currently have chest pain. Although anyone can develop this issue, there are several variables that will increase a person’s chance of experiencing coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.
Your Age and Gender
As you continue to age, your risk of experiencing coronary heart disease will go up. You will also be more likely to have a heart attack if you are male. In addition, you will be more likely to experience this problem at an earlier point in your life.
If you are female, your chance of experiencing heart disease will become higher after you go through menopause. Your declining estrogen levels may decrease the flexibility of your blood vessels and damage your blood flow.
Your Use of Tobacco
In addition to harming your lungs, smoking cigarettes can damage your heart. As a result, this habit will increase your chance of experiencing coronary heart disease during your lifetime. Being exposed to secondhand smoke will also increase your likelihood of developing heart problems.
Your Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure, your heart will need to work harder, and the muscle in this location will become stiff. When your heart becomes stiffer, you will have an increased risk of experiencing kidney failure and congestive heart failure. You will also be more likely to have a stroke or a heart attack.
Your Activity Levels and Weight
If you are not physically active, you will have a greater risk of developing heart problems. Similarly, when you are overweight, you will have a heightened chance of having a stroke or developing heart disease. Losing weight may lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol levels, and provide you with many other health benefits.
Your family history will impact your heart health, and you will be more likely to have a stroke or other cardiovascular issue if your parents experienced these health problems. Similarly, developing diabetes will raise your chance of suffering from heart disease.
This risk will increase if you do not control the amount of sugar in your blood. To manage this illness, you should work closely with a healthcare professional to adjust your diet and adopt other healthy habits.
Why Should I Consider Receiving This Medical Treatment?
ECP therapy can be an excellent way to manage your negative symptoms without receiving an uncomfortable, invasive procedure. In fact, scientific studies have demonstrated that many people who complete their full treatment plans had noticeable improvements in their health. In these studies, up to 80% of people who received these treatments had improvements in their chest pain.
After you complete your treatments, you might be able to reduce your reliance on heart medications. In addition, you might be able to avoid receiving a bypass, stent, or other invasive medical procedure. If you are over the age of 70, this treatment may provide you with more energy and relieve your brain fog. Further, this therapy may enhance your night vision, improve the functionality of your kidneys, and provide you with other significant benefits.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Heart Treatment?
If you have coronary artery disease, you might be able to use ECP therapy to improve your quality of life.
Addressing Your Heart Issues
This treatment is frequently used to address congestive heart failure and chronic stable angina. For example, you may qualify for this therapy if you are not able to address your medical issues by getting an angioplasty, bypass, or other invasive procedure. In addition, you might be a good candidate for this heart treatment if you haven’t been able to relieve your angina-related symptoms with medication.
Assessing Your Health
To determine whether you are eligible, we will go over your previous diagnoses and medical background. During this discussion, you should let us know about all of the heart procedures, medications, and treatments that you have used in the past. You should also tell us about any negative symptoms that you are currently experiencing. For example, you should tell us if you are dealing with fatigue or other physical problems.
Although this therapy is very gentle, some conditions may prevent you from using this technique to enhance your health. You may not be able to receive this treatment if you have an elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, or inflamed veins. Further, you might need to use other medical techniques if you have a pacemaker, suffer from an uncontrolled arrhythmia, or have heart valve disease.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Sessions?
Before you begin your first treatment session, we will give you a personalized set of instructions. To protect your safety, you should follow all of the instructions that we provide. For example, we may tell you to stop eating or drinking for 90 minutes before your session is supposed to begin. If you are having a treatment in the morning, we may advise you not to take a diuretic after you wake up.
To ensure that you feel comfortable during your session, you might decide to wear a loose shirt that opens at the front. We will probably advise you to avoid wearing shirts that have high necklines. Further, we might tell you to arrive at least 15 minutes before your session is supposed to begin. At this point, you might decide to use our bathroom to change into specialized pants that you will wear during your treatment.
What Will Happen During My Appointment?
We will start your therapy by wrapping a series of cuffs around your buttocks, thighs, and calves. We will use an electrocardiogram to make these specialized cuffs deflate and inflate in time with your heartbeats.
Inflating Your Cuffs
During your cardiac cycle, your heart will contract and relax. The relaxation part of this cycle is called diastole. During this time, your cuffs will inflate in a specialized order that will begin at your calves and end at your buttocks.
Deflating Your Cuffs
During systole, the muscle in your heart will contract. As your heart enters this part of your cardiac cycle, your cuffs will deflate.
Will I Feel Uncomfortable During This Medical Treatment?
We will use a completely non-invasive technique to address your heart issues, and you will be able to relax while your cuffs are enhancing your health. During this process, you will lie down on a treatment bed. As your cuffs deflate and inflate, you can watch television, listen to calming songs, or even take a nap.
To stay occupied during your appointment, you may decide to bring books, television shows, or other entertainment options to our office. In addition, you might ask a close friend or family member to sit with you during this process. You could watch a movie with this person or listen while your friend reads a book aloud. In addition, you could use this time to chat with your close friend.
What Will Happen After Each of My Therapy Sessions Is Complete?
After your therapy session is finished, you will be able to get up and leave our office. You will typically be able to continue working, caring for your children, and doing other daily tasks once your session is complete. That said, we may advise you to follow some specific instructions during this time. For example, we might ask you to drink six to eight glasses of water or another clear liquid during the next 24 hours.
As you continue to receive additional treatments, you should monitor your symptoms and tell us about any angina-related issues that you are experiencing. Recording your symptoms will allow us to evaluate your progress during this time. For example, you should tell us if you begin to have more energy and experience less discomfort during the next couple of weeks.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
You will need to receive your therapy sessions over a period of seven weeks. You will have five appointments every week. Since each of your appointments will last for 60 minutes, you will spend about 35 hours receiving your therapy sessions.
To achieve the best results, you will need to receive your therapy over a consecutive period of time. You should avoid skipping sessions to attend a social event, travel, or complete other tasks. For example, you should not interrupt your treatment plan by taking a lengthy vacation.
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of This Heart Treatment?
This non-invasive therapy is designed to address your health problems and improve your negative symptoms. Since this treatment is performed for medical purposes, many healthcare plans will cover your costs. If you haven’t been able to obtain relief by using other medical treatments, Medicare may pay for you to receive this important therapy. To learn more about your insurance plan, you should contact your agent before you have your initial therapy session.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have coronary artery disease, you might be able to reduce your negative symptoms by receiving ECP therapy. Your treatment sessions will be completely non-invasive, and you will be able to watch television, listen to music, or do other relaxing activities while we address your heart issues. To learn more about this innovative medical treatment, you should set up an initial meeting with Dr. James DeStephens in Gainesville, FL.