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What is External Counterpulsation Therapy?
External Counterpulsation Therapy (ECP) is a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment that improves endothelial function. ECP is also know as External Enhanced Counterpulsation® (EECP). ECP improves cardiovascular function and can be used to treat angina, microvascular angina and heart failure. In some patients it can be an alternative to open heart surgery.
The ECP Clinic is the only clinic in London offering this ground breaking treatment. Our experienced team, led by Senior Cardiologist Dr Robin Roberts MBBS FRCP, have been treating patients with this therapy for more than 12 years
ECP is Safe, Effective, Non-Invasive treatment for the Heart
How can ECP therapy benefit you?
ECP is a powerful treatment that improves Cardiac Health. The European society of Cardiology recommended ECP therapy for use in angia based on a review of over 250 published scientific papers and the long-term evidence of the benefits of the therapy. ECP is widely used in the USA, China and other parts of the world to successfully treat cardiac disease. ECP is also being explored for us in Sports Performance and to improve health outcomes in other conditions.
ECP for Sport
ECP can be used in Sports recovery and performance. clinical studies in elite athletes have shown significant improvement in performance and recovery following ECP.
ECP has been used by Cardiologists for many years to to treat angina and heart failure. It can be an alternative to stents and bypass surgery. It can be safely used after a heart attack as part of the rehabilitation process
ECP for Health
Are you concerned about developing heart disease? Do you already have risk factors? Counterpulsation is a powerful form of exercise for the whole body. Counterpulsation can improve your health and wellbeing by improving your cardiovascular function.
ECP is groundbreaking treatment which improves cardiovascular health
How ECP Therapy works
Counterpulsation therapy works by increasing pressure in both arteries and veins during the relaxation phase of the heart. It is achieved by sequential inflation of cuffs placed on both lower limbs. This increases blood flow to the heart and other organs such as the kidneys, liver and brain. It also increases venous return to the right side of the heart, so increasing strength of contraction next time the heart pumps.
Immediately before the next contraction of the heart (systole), the pressure in all three cuffs instantaneously falls to zero. The heart is now able to pump against greatly reduced resistance into empty veins and arteries in the legs. This significantly reduces the amount of work the heart has to do to pump blood around the body. This effect is known as “Systolic unloading”.
ECP has changed my life completely. I can now live independently. I no longer feel vulnerable that I live alone.
1 Harley Street is the first Clinic in Central London offering ECP therapy
Chest pain (angina) seriously affects quality of life. It can persist despite angioplasty, open heart (bypass) surgery and maximal drug therapy. In microvascular angina (Cardiac Syndrome X) the large blood vessels in the heart are normal but chest pain continues, limiting daily activities of life, medication may not help. ECP can reduce or remove chest pains.
Many UK doctors are not aware of ECP therapy. It is widely available in the USA including in the world famous Cleveland and Mayo Clinics.
Lead Clinician Consultant Cardiologist Dr Robin Roberts has over 30 years experience.
Our therapists undergo a rigourous training programme and provide individualised care.
ECP uses the Renew™ NCP-5 machine. ECP is safe, effective and clinically proven.
We pride ourselves on our patient care pathway, our individualised care and our ability to provide patient choice.