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IS THERE ANYONE UNDER GONE EECP ( enhanced enhanced counter pulsation) for to reduce angina and anyone can share their experience please. I am suffering from angina and would like to know more about EECP. I am 48, and my doctor advised me to got for angioplasty but I hear about EECP and would like to know from someone who had underwent EECP 

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    ?I hear it has some success with the "standard" type angina, the reason I say standard angina is because there are several different types. The types of angina are , stable, unstable, prinzmetal angina, MVD , syndrome X and refractory angina, the last 4 are the hardest to treat and also the hardest for doctors and cardiologists to diagnose, unless you are lucky enough to find a doctor or cardiologist well versed in all types of angina. 

    I personally have not have under gone EECP treatment ?but have read a reasonable amount about it, It was suggested to me that I try the tens machine treatment but pain management clinic told me that it would be of no value as a treatment for angina, I do remember EECP being mentioned years ago but again from memory pain management clinic said not a good idea, I have been diagnosed with the small blood vessels in the heart going into spasms and also prinzmetal angina otherwise known as coronary artery spasms, extremely painful and can lead to heart attacks like any other type of angina.

    ?Everywhere I have read you have to meet a set criteria to be eligible for EECP treatment. If your cardiologist has recommended  angioplasty I would be going along with that first, as you obviously have a big enough blockage there to be causing your angina.

     Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) may stimulate the openings or formation of collaterals (small branches of blood vessels) to create a natural bypass around narrowed or blocked arteries....... I borrowed this from elsewhere. This is where it could be beneficial . How far gone are your arteries ? by that I mean how much of any artery  is blocked % wise. If you don't have any blocked arteries and you meet the criteria I'd be like you I suppose and think about that option, what does your cardiologist say about it all ? 

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      Dear Samuels

      Thanks a lot for your reply. My problem is " Stable Angina " and my doctor recommended me to go with angioplasty. But, I read about this EECP and was in need to have opinion from others who underwent EECP treatment. Thank you very much for your reply again. Get well soon. Reg Ansom

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    yes helped me immensely as ell as other patients that also took it when I did and others in our facebook support group 'coronary artery Spasm'.

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      Dear Cher 42845

      Thanks for your message and  can you elaborate me about the treatment. How you got benefited? You got stable angina or unstable?  What kind of exercise tolerance increased after EECP? In anticipation to hear from your end. 



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    I have coroanry Artery Spasms and I had gotten so bad before the First round EECP that I was pretty much wheel chair bound. I had angina several tiems a day. I could not walk only a few steps much of the time.  and I was showing heart failure on test. After the first several treatment I was walking down a long hall to my treatments. By the tiem I finshed the first round I was going out fly fishing. But then in dec 2016 had an MI and I was back to heart failure and went back to  EECP for second round. Again I had great improvement. The blood flow to heart was better and the angina was better. IN the Facebook' Coronary Artery Spams ' group there are several which have had EECP. Other people I went in with to EECP also all had good results.  one of which had half heart severely damaged is now jogging. 

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