Enhanced external counterpulsation for ischemic heart disease: A look behind the curtain

Randy W. Braith, Darren P. Casey, Darren T. Beck

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Abstract

Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a noninvasive treatment for patients with coronary artery disease who have angina pectoris that is refractory to pharmacotherapy and revascularization. The popular concept is that EECP may promote collateral development and improve myocardial perfusion. We hypothesize that improvements in peripheral arterial function are responsible for the clinical benefits of EECP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
JournalExercise and sport sciences reviews
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • angina pectoris
  • arterial stiffness
  • endothelium
  • flow-mediated dilation
  • nitric oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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