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EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) Treatment in Europe

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Europe performing EECP treatment (Enhanced external counterpulsation).

Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quironsalud Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital has certified medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

Listed cardiologist:

Dr. José Ángel Cabrera Rodríguez

Head of Division of Cardiology

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Hospital General de Catalunya

The Hospital Universitario General de Catalunya is one of the most prestigious medical centers in Catalonia. Since 1984 they offer the patient comprehensive care.

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Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona

Quirónsalud Hospital Barcelona is the benchmark for private healthcare in southern Europe, providing world-class service for the past seventy years.

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Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja

Quironsalud Hospital Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management. IMTJ Best International Hospital of the world (awards 2017)

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Centre Chirugical AMBROISE-PARÉ

In 2006, the clinic was acquired by an independent group Hexagone Hospitalisation, expanding and doubling its capacity to more than 200 beds.Clinique Ambroise Paré is a leader in chemotherapy, dialysis and In-Vitro Fertilization and is the first private facility

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Hospital Quirónsalud Malaga

With more than 36 medical specialties, 200 physicians and surgeons of the highest level, Quironsalud Hospital Malaga is one of the most pertinent hospitals in Spain.

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 47 healthcare centers, more than 4.000 hospital beds and 8.000 doctors

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Klinikum Stuttgart

One of Germany's largest hospitals, made up of more than 50 clinics and specialist institutes spanning all medical specialties. Kinikum Stuttgart is regarded as one of the best hospitals in Germany, and is a referral center for oncology, ENT, pediatrics and more.

6 listed cardiologists:

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Prof. Thomas Nordt

Medical Director at the Clinic for Cardiovascular Disorders

Dr. Frank Uhlemann

Medical Director at the Centre for Congenital Heart Defects and Paediatric Intensive Care

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Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia

Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The department of cardiology at Hospital Ruber Internacional offers all aspects of medical treatment for heart conditions.

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About EECP

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is EECP?
Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a procedure for the treatment of angina, heart failure or cardiomyopathy. It reduces symptoms of ischemia, and enhances the functional ability and quality of life of the patient.
EECP is a noninvasive procedure that uses inflatable cuffs to compress the blood vessels of the lower limbs. These cuffs are placed around the calves, thighs and buttocks of the patient. In this procedure, the blood flow in the coronary arteries is increased.
EECP is enhanced by computer technology, blood pressure monitors and elctrocardiography. These facilitate accurate timing of the inflation and deflation of the pressure cuffs with the heart beat and blood pressure of the patient.

How is EECP Performed?

  • The patient’s systole and diastole of the heart is measured by placing three ECG stickers on the patient’s chest.
  • The patient is required to lie down on a bed.
  • The patient’s calves, thighs and buttocks are wrapped around with blood pressure cuffs.
  • When the heart relaxes at the precise time of diastole, the cuffs start inflating from the calves, moving upwards to the buttocks. This leads to a counter pulsation of the blood.
  • When the heart contracts, the cuffs quickly deflate and relax. The sensation may feel like a firm massage.

What is the Treatment Regimen of EECP? EECP consists of 35 hours of treatment. The patient may take a one hour session per day. The patient may also take two hours of treatment in a day, with a gap in between the first and second hour. In some cases, patients may need additional treatments if they do not respond to the treatment by the 30th session.
After the treatment course is complete, the patient can still continue a maintenance dose of EECP for one to two days a week.

How to Prepare for EECP?
  • The patient is required to wear tight fitting clothing such as athletic tights to avoid chafing.
  • The patient is asked to stop smoking and using tobacco products.
  • The patient’s blood pressure, pulse, breathing rate and weight are determined and recorded.
  • The patient’s legs are checked for symptoms of possible vascular problems.
  • The patient is informed about the benefits and risks of EECP by the health care team.
  • The patient needs to sign a consent form before the procedure.

Duration of procedure/surgery : One to two hours per session.

Days admitted : EECP is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Anesthesia : None.

Recovery : - EECP is known to benefit patients with results similar to angioplasty and bypass surgery. Significant improvements are noticed after EECP among 80% of the patients. - As EECP does not completely prevent recurrent coronary artery disease, the patient needs to make lifestyle changes and take the prescribed medications.

Risks : EECP is a safe treatment. A side effect that may result is chafing and leg pain due to the compression caused by the cuffs.

After care : - The patient should quit smoking as smoking damages blood vessels and causes high blood pressure. - The patient should maintain a healthy weight by following a restrained diet and exercising. - A cardiac rehabilitation exercise program that is supervised by professional is beneficial for the patient. - The patient’s diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and non-fat dairy products. - Some prescribed medications need to be taken on a life-long basis. - The patient should follow up with the doctor regularly.

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