Why Cardiologists Ignore EECP
EECP ContraindicationsEECP is not recommended for patients who have certain types of valve disease; uncontrolled arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms); severe hypertension; uncontrolled congestive heart failure; significant blockages or blood clots in the leg arteries; or those who have had a recent cardiac catheterization , angioplasty, or bypass surgery.
EECP RisksEECP is a relatively safe and effective treatment, and few adverse side effects have been reported.ECP device the main adverse side effect is chafing (skin irritation from the compression of the cuffs). To reduce or prevent this side effect, patients are instructed to wear tight-fitting cycling pants or athletic tights. Leg pain is another adverse side effect.
EECP Normal resultsThe benefits of EECP are comparable to the results of angioplasty and coronary artery bypass graft surgery: 80% of patients experience significant improvement after EECP treatment. The largest research study on EECP indicates that after receiving treatment, patients used less medication, had fewer angina attacks with less severe symptoms, and increased their capacity to exercise without experiencing symptoms. EECP improves the patient's sense of well-being and overall quality of life; and in some cases, prolongs the patient's life. Benefits five years after EECP treatment are comparable to surgical outcomes.
Why Cardiologists Ignore EECP:Large majority of cardiologists are congenitally incapable of embracing an outlandish EECP therapy. It is not within their natures to do so. Since at least 1980, cardiology has been a highly invasive specialty - attracting people who, like surgeons, desire to identify cardiac problems by the most expedient means available - and then get in there and fix it. They want to catheterize, cauterize, angioplasty, valvuloplasty, ablate and stent,ECP machine for heart care. It’s what they spend years of training learning to do; it’s why cardiologists chose that kind of training in the first place.
Conclusion:EECP is, in fact, a legitimate form of therapy for stable angina. However, if you have angina that has proved difficult to treat with medication and would like to consider EECP, then you are probably going to have to bring it up yourself. Don’t expect your cardiologist to suggest it. And if you do manage to get referred for EECP therapy, don’t be too surprised if a non-cardiologist ends up providing it.