external counterpulsation


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external counterpulsation

a noninvasive technique for providing counterpulsation (assisted heart pumping). In one technique the limbs are placed in inflatable trousers. Inflation and deflation are synchronized with the cardiac cycle, generating augmented blood flow during diastole and assisted ejection during systole.
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Debra Braverman, MD, is one of the country's leading experts on enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP).
Y, is primarily engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting EECP external counterpulsation systems based on the company's proprietary technology currently indicated for use in cases of angina, cardiogenic shock, acute myocardial infarction and, most recently, CHF.
develops, manufactures and markets EECP([R]) therapy systems to deliver its proprietary form of enhanced external counterpulsation therapy.
The abstract session will include a presentation on comparison of follow-up methodology used in the multicenter placebo-controlled trial of enhanced external counterpulsation (MUST-EECP) which was conducted from 1995 to May 1997, the results of which were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in June 1999.
On the day following the educational course, results of a sub-study titled "Beneficial Effects of Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) are Independent of the Severity of Angina Pectoris" and analysis of the MUST-EECP quality of life outcomes data will be presented by Rohit R.
Over the past several years the use of enhanced external counterpulsation as a treatment for chronic angina has steadily increased.
15 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare recipients who suffer with disabling angina may now be eligible for coverage for enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) treatment under the federal health insurance plan.
EECP external counterpulsation therapy is typically given in a doctor's office or outpatient clinic in 35 one-hour sessions over 4 to 7 weeks.
Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy has emerged as a treatment option for patients with angina and LV dysfunction and has been shown to improve clinical outcomes and LV function.
4 /PRNewswire/ -- External counterpulsation is a noninvasive technique that increases coronary blood flow and may increase vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) -- indicating that external counterpulsation may stimulate angiogenesis, according to a recent study (XXth Congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Vienna, Austria, Pneumatic Counterpulsation, Werner).
The report, entitled "Enhanced External Counterpulsation Improves Exercise Tolerance in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure," was published online on August 25th and will appear in the September 19th issue in print.

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