Heart Fit Clinic Helps Patient Increase Fitness Level with External Counterpulsation

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Heart Fit Clinic has just increased patients' fitness levels without a change in lifestyle with External Counterpulsation. External Counterpulsation, also known as ECP or EECP, is an evidence-based treatment for heart disease patients.

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We are able to give life back to patients with heart disease

The Heart Fit Clinic has increased a patient's fitness level 60 percent without lifestyle changes. "When patients don't experience angina until a heart rate of 150 beats versus 100 beats, this is a big deal," says Diamond Fernandes, director of the Heart Fit Clinic in Calgary. "We are able to give life back to patients with heart disease," he adds. People with angina are able to do a lot more without having a heart stent or bypass surgery.

External Counterpulsation (ECP / EECP) is a treatment where patients lay on a bed with cuffs around the calves, thighs, and buttocks. They sequentially inflate and deflate according to patients' cardiac cycle. This continuous pumping action increases the pressure load back to the heart, which decreases the workload of the heart, grows new arteries and improves blood flow.

The Heart Fit Clinic is the first clinic in Alberta to offer this evidence-based heart disease treatment. External Counterpulsation therapy is a treatment routinely completed in the United States and all over the world. It is a better first line treatment for patients who are experiencing angina, blocked heart stent or bypass graft, heart failure, or patients whose arteries are not amenable to a stent or bypass surgery.

The Heart Fit Clinic is a private clinic in Calgary that has seen many patients with chronic heart disease, and have helped them with External Counterpulsation Therapy (ECP /EECP). They have helped their patients avoid heart stent or surgery, reducing or eliminating angina medications, and truly giving them their lives back.

Using External Counterpulsation, they are excited to incorporate it into an overall heart health program that includes cardiac screening, stress management, exercise, proper nutrition and supplements.

For more information, please contact the Heart Fit Clinic.

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