What is ECP Therapy?
ECP Therapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical therapy process that uses a medical device to deliver External Counterpulsation (ECP). ECP enhances blood flow through timed inflation of cuffs wrapped around the calves, thighs and hips. The inflation of cuffs occurs in between each heartbeat, compressing the blood vessels and pumping blood back to the heart and throughout the body. This enhanced blood flow brings about a multitude of health benefits.
How does ECP Therapy work?
During your ECP Therapy, a technician wraps inflatable cuffs (similar to blood pressure cuffs) around your calves, thighs and hips. The cuffs are timed to inflate and deflate between heartbeats. This external counterpulsation process helps more oxygenated blood travel to and from the heart muscle more quickly, significantly enhancing blood flow, thereby reducing angina and related symptoms.
Is there a difference between ECP and Enhanced ECP (EECP) treatment?
The earliest ECP devices inflated all the cuffs simultaneously. To better “milk” blood from the legs, more recent devices inflate the cuffs in a sequential manner: first the calves, then the lower thighs, then the upper thighs. This improved version of ECP is often called “enhanced ECP”. Since all modern ECP machines use some variant of the “enhanced” method, the terms ECP and enhanced ECP are sometimes used interchangeably. RenewTM NCP-5 ECP device uses the enhanced ECP technology.
What are the benefits of ECP treatment?
ECP Therapy enhances blood flow to all parts of the body, including organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys, liver and skin. With improved blood circulation, this increases delivery of oxygen and nutrients and removal of carbon dioxide and waste products. These clinical evidences also indicate that ECP promotes vascular health (fitness of the arteries) and reduces inflammation1, hence reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Vedure uses RenewTM NCP-5 ECP device, which is cleared by the US FDA for the treatment of chronic stable angina (chest pain due to poor blood supply to the heart). Many clinical studies have shown ECP therapy to be effective in reducing angina symptoms and improving exercise capacity in patients with angina pectoris2.
As with most medical-related procedures, results may vary from patient to patient.
Is ECP therapy suitable for me ?
Renew™ NCP-5 ECP device is U.S. FDA-cleared for the treatment of chronic stable angina that is refractory to optimal anti-anginal medical therapy and without options for revascularization. In addition, it is intended for use in healthy patients to provide improvement in vasodilation, increased VO2, and increased blood flow.
Many clinical studies have also shown ECP to have beneficial effects for symptoms associated with poor blood flow, such as: Fatigue and weakness, Shortness of breath, Dizziness, Numbness & Swelling
If you have any conditions listed on the Contraindications, you should not undergo ECP Therapy. Speak to your doctor to find out if ECP Therapy is suitable for you.
Can I still have ECP Therapy if I have already had a previous heart surgery?
Patients who have undergone bypass surgery, angioplasty, heart valve surgery, or have stents must be screened and cleared for treatment by their physicians prior to starting ECP Therapy. Please refer to Contraindications.
For chronic stable angina treatment, what are the advantages of ECP Therapy over other treatment methods?
ECP Therapy is external, non-invasive, non-surgical and virtually risk-free. It does not require hospitalisation or the use of drugs. Yet, clinical studies have shown that its results are comparable to these methods and have been significant in many patients, with long-lasting effects of up to 5 years.16
If I have had balloon-angioplasty, stents, bypass surgery or other surgical intervention previously, can I go for ECP Therapy?
You are encouraged to consult your doctor or your healthcare provider before undergoing ECP Therapy if you have just undergone any of the treatments stated above. Generally, they should only begin ECP therapy at least 6 weeks after surgical intervention and if your wounds have completely healed.
If I suffer from hypertension, can I go for ECP Therapy?
If their blood pressure is now under control, they can have ECP Therapy. If their blood pressure is elevated, you should first consult your healthcare provider. Once their blood pressure has been controlled, ECP Therapy should be fine.
If I have poor blood circulation in my legs, can I go for ECP Therapy?
ECP Therapy promotes blood circulation in the whole body, including in the limbs. However, if your patients have a severe lack of blood flow to your legs, they may not be a candidate for ECP Therapy. If their toes are blue or black or they have no sensation in their feet, you are advised to check with your healthcare provider first.
If I use a pacemaker, can I go for ECP Therapy?
Some pacemakers may make it difficult for the ECP machine to follow their heartbeats. However, “single-chamber” type pacemakers are generally accepted.
Is there an age limit for ECP Therapy?
Minors require the consent of their parent of guardian prior to receiving ECP Therapy. There are no other age restrictions.