Baker-Gilmour Cardiovascular Institute is one of a select few practices in Jacksonville and St. Augustine that offer EECP treatment. EECP, short for Enhanced External Counterpulsation, is a non-invasive form of therapy used to treat symptoms of angina.
This therapy helps patients control symptoms of artery disease or “hardening of the arteries.” Up to 80% of the patients treated will be helped and the therapeutic effects have been known to last up to three years.
Please read our frequently asked questions below. If you want to know more, call us at 904-733-4444.
How Does It Work?
The treatment consists of lying on a padded table with large blood pressure cuffs on your upper legs. These cuffs inflate and deflate rhythmically for one hour. A full course of treatment consists of 35 one-hour sessions. It takes place in our offices and has no recovery period, which allows you to continue with your daily routine.
Am I a candidate for EECP?
The treatment is recommended for patients who have ongoing symptoms of poor body circulation (angina pectoris) who do not want angioplasty or bypass surgery or are not eligible for these procedures. Many doctors refer their patients to Baker-Gilmour for treatment.
What are the symptoms of poor body circulation?
These symptoms may consist of chest pain but also fatigue, poor exercise tolerance or shortness of breath. For properly selected patients, there is little or no risk associated with this treatment.
How will the treatment benefit me?
Most patients experience positive results. These include having no angina or angina that is less frequent and less intense, more energy and a better quality of life. The treatment can also be repeated if symptoms re-occur.
Will my insurance cover the treatment?
EECP has been scientifically studied and many academic medical center research labs offer this therapy. It is approved by Medicare and all major insurance companies.
If you feel you may be a candidate for this treatment, call Baker-Gilmour Cardiovascular Institute at 904-733-4444. for more information