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The Science Behind EECP®
Flow Therapy

Two clinicians prepare a patient for an EECP Flow Therapy treatment by adjusting his compression cuffs.

EECP Flow Therapy is the non-invasive treatment for angina, coronary artery disease, and heart failure. It is proven, based on over 400 clinical publications, to benefit patients without procedural risks or recovery time. 

Everyone knows that exercise is good for the heart and cardiovascular circulation, but for many patients, normal exercise can be too tiring, too painful, or downright impossible. That’s in part what makes EECP Flow Therapy such a successful treatment for heart conditions.

It imitates the benefits of passive exercise without straining the heart, leading to improved circulation, increased cardiac capacity, reductions in joint pain, reduced shortness of breath, and increased stamina.

Treatment begins by lying down on a padded therapy table, where EECP compression cuffs (similar to blood pressure cuffs) are wrapped around your calves, thighs, and lower hips. Then, using an EKG machine, a computer regulates the inflation and deflation of cuffs in rhythm with your heart.

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A diagram of counterpulsation as EECP cuffs deflate.
Sequential Inflation: When the heart is relaxed (diastole phase), the EECP cuffs inflate sequentially, squeezing from your calves toward your lower hips to create what’s known as a “retrograde aortic pressure wave.”
A diagram of a retrograde aortic pressure wave moving from the calves toward the lower hips.
Simultaneous Deflation: When the heart beats (systole phase), the EECP cuffs deflate. This “counterpulsation” results in an increased supply of oxygenated blood to the heart muscle and a reduction in the heart’s workload.

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What Happens to Your Heart
During EECP Flow Therapy?

An illustration of a collateral vessels and a blocked heart artery.
More Oxygen Intake:
Your heart needs oxygen to function properly, and when issues such as blocked arteries limit the flow of oxygenated blood back to the heart, it can lead to symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fatigue. Notice the darkened area in this graphic? That indicates a blocked artery.
An illustration of new collateral vessels forming in the heart muscle during EECP Flow Therapy.
New Vessel Formations:
One of the main results of EECP Flow Therapy is called collateral recruitment, which means the widening and creation of small blood vessels in the heart muscle. These new vessels improve the flow of healthy, oxygenated blood to the heart. See the squiggly red lines forming? That’s indicative of new collateral vessels forming.
An illustration of new natural bypasses created around a narrowed heart artery resulting from EECP Flow Therapy.
New Natural Bypasses Form:
Amazingly, these small collateral blood vessels create “natural bypasses” around narrowed or blocked arteries to restore blood flow, relieve symptoms associated with heart disease, and return more oxygenated blood to the heart. Leaving you stronger and healthier with each treatment.

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