Avera Medical Minute: EECP Therapy for Heart Patients 1/26/11 - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

Avera Medical Minute: EECP Therapy for Heart Patients 1/26/11

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Avera Sacred Heart Cardiopulmonary Supervisor Lisa Miller explains EECP therapy. Avera Sacred Heart Cardiopulmonary Supervisor Lisa Miller explains EECP therapy.

If you are have heart disease, are having trouble with circulation but aren't a candidate for surgery Avera Sacred Heart has a treatment that could help. Nancy Naeve Brown asked the supervisor of the cardiopulmonary department about EECP therapy which stands for Enhanced External Counterpulsation.

Avera Sacred Heart Cardiopulmonary Specialist Supervisor Lisa Miller says, "EECP is an outpatient therapy. We use it for angina and heart failure patients. They come in for 35, one hour sessions. It's non-invasive. There is no poking or anything like that. We wrap blood pressure cuffs around the legs, calves and thighs and put leads on that monitors the heart beat. Then we set the timing of the cuffs according to the heart beat so when the cuffs squeeze the hearts at rest and pumps blood up to the heart so you get more blood to the heart. Right before the heart beats again, the cuffs let out pressure so it helps the heart pump more blood out. You get more blood to the heart and more blood pumped out of the heart and it increases circulation."

It increases their color and energy too. For more information call 877-AT-AVERA.

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