The IETA in coordination with EECP® Therapy centers around the nation have already started planning for the 2nd Annual EECP® Therapy Week next year.
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) February 28, 2012
The International EECP® Therapists Association (“IETA”), announced today that the First Annual EECP® Therapy Week, held February 20-24, 2012 was very successful. The idea, initiated by the IETA to increase public awareness of EECP® (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) therapy included a number of different activities conducted by the hundreds of EECP® centers around the country in recognition of American Heart Month and to raise attention to heart disease. In addition, these activities also raised awareness about EECP® Therapy as a complementary form of treatment for those patients who, despite maximum medication, are still suffering from angina symptoms (such as chest pain, atypical pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and cough) and are not good candidates for invasive procedures such as coronary bypass or angioplasty and stents.
EECP® facilities around the country embraced International EECP® Therapy Week by hosting events for the public and healthcare professionals that included lectures on heart healthy foods and exercises, luncheon and dinner events sharing information and clinical studies on heart disease and EECP® Therapy, patient gatherings, free EECP® Therapy screenings, free blood pressure screenings, “Wear Red for EECP® Heart” recognition and a “Red Balloon Release”, were just some of the events that enlightened people to the benefits that EECP® Therapy provides. The “Red Balloon Release,” a unique, eco-friendly event gave patients at EECP® centers all over the country the opportunity to write their personal message of what EECP® Therapy has done for them on a red balloon and send it skyward concurrently at 1PM EST, on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
The IETA in coordination with EECP® Therapy centers around the nation have already started planning for the 2nd Annual EECP® Therapy Week next year. The IETA has gained over 150 new members this month on its brand new online social network at http://www.ietaonline.com. The organization was established in 2000 by a group of dedicated EECP® Therapists and supervisors to share their collective knowledge and experience in providing EECP® Therapy, a relatively new technology at the time, in order to ensure the highest possible patient benefits and safety, as well as increase the operational success of their centers. IETA membership has grown over the past 12 years both in the U.S. and overseas. Both IETA U.S. Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Tartaglia and Dr. Subramanian Ramasamy, the International Medical Director, have been involved in providing EECP® Therapy to patients for over 15 years and have been involved in controlled clinical trials demonstrating the safety and efficacy of EECP® Therapy that have been published in peer reviewed medical journals.