What happens during ECP Therapy?

How is ECP therapy performed?​

Screening for suitability for ECP therapy is very important and involves a review of each person’s medical history, physical examination and previous cardiac investigations. Some individuals may require additional tests before ECP can be recommended.


Three sets of pressure cuffs are placed on the legs (calves, thighs and  buttocks and waist).  A electrical signal from the heart is continually recorded from three small electrodes attached to the chest wall. Pressure in the blood vessels is monitored via a probe place on a finger which is used to monitor treatment. Blood pressure and heart rate are checked before starting

During treatment the cuffs rapidly inflate in time with the heart rhythm, squeezing the arteries and veins in the lower body. The ECP therapist will gradually adjust pressure until an effective treatment effect is observed. During the therapy participants can relax by listening to music or watching TV. Some people even sleep!

After treatment is completed cuffs and leads are removed. You can leave immediately to get on with your day!

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