Doctors Ignore Proven Alternative to Stents and Bypass

A unique opportunity to save countless lives and billions of dollars is being overlooked by the medical community. This technique increases blood flow to the heart, strengthens the circulation, and offers a proven way to treat heart disease in lieu of stents or bypass surgery.

Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a safe, non-invasive procedure that can overcome heart disease in two ways—by passively exercising the heart to strengthen the vascular system and by targeting inflammation, the underlying culprit in damaged blood vessels that inhibits blood flow.

More than 100 studies have demonstrated its overwhelming effectiveness and unquestioned safety in improving blood flow in patients with heart disease. Some experts are calling for the EECP procedure to become first-line therapy for heart disease, long before surgery or other invasive procedures are used. Approved by the FDA for chronic stable angina, cardiogenic shock, congestive heart failure, as well as during a heart attack, EECP not only saves lives but is also considerably cheaper and safer than traditional invasive procedures such as angioplasty and coronary stents, which continue to be the mainstay of therapy. Medicare even pays for it!

For patients with some forms of heart disease, enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a non-invasive, high-tech, low-risk procedure, performed on an outpatient basis, which offers a remarkable reprieve from some of the potentially disabling symptoms of stable angina and coronary heart disease. Patients lucky enough to be offered this underused therapy may experience changes in their conditions that range from significant pain relief to renewed mobility and energy, to a rekindled libido. They may also literally gain a new lease on life, simultaneously avoiding the dangers of coronary bypass surgery while buying enough time to reverse the heart disease that brought them to this crossroads in the first place. But chances are, unless you inquire about it, you’ll never even be told this option exists.

To see the complete article by Dale Kiefer, visit the Life Extension website



3 Responses to Doctors Ignore Proven Alternative to Stents and Bypass

  1. MedPathGroup says:

    That’s interesting to know. I’m glad that there are already alternatives that a patient can choose from other than undergoing a bypass surgery or stents. I hope a lot of patients suffering from heart problems will get informed about this new technology so they can ask their doctors about it.

  2. jasmin jackson says:

    what is the alternative to a stent, and what can i do to ensure my stent is in good standing

    • kerrchiropractic says:

      The alternative is EECP, the procedure mentioned in the article you commented on. Follow the link at the bottom of the article for more information.

      The best way to ensure that your stent is ok is to consult your cardiologist. While you’re there, you may want to ask your cardiologist about EECP.

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