Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of EECP® Therapy?
EECP® Therapy is not invasive, does not require a hospital stay, has no recovery period, and allows you to return to your routine each day after receiving treatment.
Is EECP® Therapy a Safe Option for My Patients?
Yes, it’s completely non-invasive, thereby reducing the risk of complications associated with surgery. Complications as a result of treatment are typically minor and rare when compared to other treatments. Most people tolerate EECP® Therapy with no major discomfort, side effects or complications. Typical side effects include fatigue or muscle aches. A small number of people develop pressure sores, skin irritation or bruising from the cuff inflation.
What are the benefits of EECP® Therapy?
How Can EECP® Therapy Benefit My Practice?
Most patients experience positive results, such as the following:
- Having no angina or angina that is less frequent and less intense
- Having more energy
- Being able to take part in more activities of daily living with little or no angina or heart failure symptoms
- Enjoying a better quality of life
- Having a more positive outlook
By adding EECP® Therapy to your practice you can offer your “no option” patients an alternative and increase your revenue at the same time.
Is EECP® Therapy comfortable?
There is a feeling of pressure from the cuffs around your legs and buttocks. Once you become accustomed to this pressure, the sessions usually pass comfortably.
How will I feel after the treatment?
EECP therapy is often described as being like “passive exercise,” so you may feel tired after the first few days of treatment. This is normal, especially if you haven’t been exercising. Usually, once this short “training period” is over, you will begin to notice that you have more energy.
How long do the benefits of EECP® Therapy last after a course of treatment?
The International EECP Patient Registry (IEPR) collects data on the safety, effectiveness, and long-term benefits of EECP therapy. The IEPR data have shown that benefits of EECP therapy can last up to three years after completing a full course (35 hours) of treatment. Other smaller studies have shown the benefits last up to five years in some patients.
When can I expect to feel improvement?
Each patient responds differently. Most patients report beginning to feel better about halfway through the seven weeks.
Can I have therapy more than once?
Yes. If your symptoms return, your doctor will decide if you need to repeat your EECP treatments.
What if I miss an appointment?
Having your EECP therapy each day of the seven-week treatment course is an important part of receiving the greatest benefit. Missed treatments are usually made up so you receive all 35 hours.
Can I exercise during the weeks I’m receiving EECP® Therapy?
Your doctor will discuss an exercise program, how and when you should begin, and how much you should do. Exercising can help you keep the benefits of your EECP treatments.
When can I resume sexual activity?
Like exercise, this is an important issue to discuss with your doctor.
Can everyone have EECP® Therapy?
Your doctor knows your medical history and condition and will determine if you can have EECP therapy.
What are the risks of EECP® Therapy?
Occasionally, patients develop mild skin irritation in the areas under the treatment cuffs or experience muscle or joint discomfort. Some patients feel tired after the first few treatments but this usually ends after the first week. Rarely, patients develop shortness of breath requiring hospitalization and treatment. Your EECP therapist is trained to make your treatments safe and to minimize risk.
Does insurance cover EECP® Therapy?
Yes. Medicare covers EECP treatments for the patients who meet the Medicare criteria. Most private insurance companies have coverage policies similar to Medicare.
How can I find out if I’m a candidate for EECP® Therapy?
You can start by completing our quick and easy Are You a Candidate? questionnaire
. Have your physician review the completed questionnaire to help determine if EECP therapy is the right choice for you.