Enhanced external counterpulsation improves peripheral resistance artery blood flow in patients with coronary artery disease

Joseph C. Avery, Darren T. Beck, Darren P. Casey, Paloma D. Sardina, Randy W. Braith

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Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) increases coronary artery perfusion and improves endothelium-dependent vasodilation in peripheral muscular conduit arteries. It is unknown whether vasodilatory capacity is improved in the peripheral resistance vasculature. Here we provide novel evidence from the first randomized, sham-controlled study that EECP increases peak limb blood flow and improves endothelium-dependent vasodilation in both calf and forearm resistance arteries in patients with coronary artery disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-408
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Coronary artery disease
  • Enhanced external counterpulsation
  • Resistance arteries
  • Venous occlusion plethysmography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Physiology (medical)

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