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LAKE HEART SPECIALISTS 

Heart and Vascular Diseases

Libertyville: 847-549-0170

Gurnee: 224-424-4129

ECP Therapy (External Counterpulsation)

ECP therapy is an outpatient treatment for patients suffering from symptoms of coronary artery disease. Patients who experience angina, shortness of breath, or weakness/fatigue as a result of coronary artery disease may see great benefit from ECP therapy.


Treatments are given for one hour each day, five days a week, for a total of 7 weeks or 35 hours. During the treatment, patients lay on the treatment table with large, blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around the lower extremities. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times based on the patient's cardiac cycle. A special sensor is applied to the finger which will check oxygen levels in your blood and monitors the pressure waves created by the cuff inflation and deflation.

Instructions for ECP Therapy