Here are some ecp therapy faqs
What does ECP procedure include?
While ECP is performed, you will be lying on a bed wearing a series of pressure cuffs (like large blood pressure cuffs) around calves, lower thighs, and upper thighs. The ECP system includes a pressure source that inflates and deflates these cuffs. The pressure moves the blood from your lower limbs toward the heart. The vascular networks in the large muscles of your legs are compressed in sequence, progressing form the calves upward. Each wave of pressure is electronically synchronized with your heartbeat via an electrocardiographic signal, so that the increased blood flow is delivered to your heart at the precise moment it is relaxing and blood flow through the coronary vessels is at its peak. When the heart pumps again, the pressure in the cuffs is withdrawn and the cuffs are deflated instantaneously. This lowers resistance in the vascular bed of your legs so that blood may be pumped more easily form the heart.
What does the treatment involve and how long does it take?
Treatment with ECP involves a series of 35 one-hour sessions over a period of approximately seven weeks. You must report to the medical center in time for each scheduled appointment and allow extra time to change into appropriate attire before beginning.
What are the physical effects of ECP? Is it uncomfortable?
The one-hour treatment sessions with ECP are painless. Because of the natural movement of the pressurized cuffs, chafing and skin irritation can occur. To prevent this, you are advised to wear light fitting pants, such as ankle length bicycle pants. Otherwise, there is virtually no discomfort. Many patients find they are able to listen to their favorite music and tapes, or otherwise relax during therapy. Since it is timed by your heartbeat, the ECP system will automatically turn off if your heartbeat goes above or below a specific rate. If you have any specific concerns about the effects of ECP or your own physical limitations, you should consult your private physician.
Must you do anything special to prepare for treatment?
If you have been selected as a candidate by your treating physician, little else is required in the way or preparation.You should take ECP sessions at least 3 hours after you have taken a meal.