External Counterpulsation Specialist

Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee

Heart and Vascular Health Center located in Jackson, Dyersburg, Lexington, Adamsville, & McKenzie, TN

External counterpulsation (ECP) therapy is an innovative treatment that improves symptoms and quality of life for people with chronic angina, heart failure, or cardiomyopathy. The board-certified physicians at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee provide external counterpulsation therapy at their Jackson, Tennessee, location. The practice also has offices in Dyersburg, Lexington, Adamsville, and McKenzie, where the cardiovascular team assesses and diagnoses heart and vascular problems. To learn more, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

External Counterpulsation Q & A

What is external counterpulsation (ECP) therapy?

ECP therapy is an innovative treatment that helps alleviate ischemia (lack of blood supply to the heart) symptoms caused by heart conditions like heart failure and cardiomyopathy. 

During ECP therapy, your provider places several blood pressure cuffs on both of your legs. These blood pressure cuffs gently compress and relax in time with your heartbeat, which increases blood flow from your limbs back to your heart. 

The pressure from the cuffs improves blood circulation from your lower extremities to your heart. It also encourages the blood vessels in your heart to create new channels for blood flow. 

These channels may then serve as a “natural bypass” that improves heart health, circulation, and ischemia symptoms like angina (chest pain). 

Am I a candidate for external counterpulsation therapy?

The Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee team determines if you're a candidate for ECP therapy after a consultation and diagnostic testing. 

They may recommend external counterpulsation therapy if you have heart failure or cardiomyopathy that causes chronic angina and that fails to improve with traditional medical treatments. 

What happens during external counterpulsation therapy?

The team at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee performs external counterpulsation therapy at the office in Jackson, Tennessee. They review the details of your therapy at your consultation so you know what to expect. 

During your therapy, your provider places the blood pressure cuffs on your legs. These cuffs then gently, but firmly, compress the blood vessels to boost blood flow to your heart. 

The team times each pressure wave to match the rhythm of your heartbeat, increasing the flow of blood to your heart when it’s relaxed. Then, when your heart pumps again, the cuffs release the pressure, allowing blood to easily pump through your blood vessels.

To benefit from ECP therapy, the team recommends you undergo 30 weekday visits in a row. 

What happens when I complete external counterpulsation therapy?

Results from ECP therapy vary. However, you may find relief from your chest pain after you complete your series of treatments. Some patients may even reduce the amount of heart medication they take. 

Therapy may also improve your ability to engage in physical activities that ultimately improves your quality of life.

To find out more about external counterpulsation therapy and how it can benefit you, call Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee or schedule an appointment online today.