An external counterpulsation (ECP) treatment is a noninvasive procedure that uses pulses of energy to stimulate the growth of new blood cells in your heart. This treatment can also improve existing blood flow to prevent heart damage.
The purpose of an ECP treatment is to produce new blood vessels that blood can travel through when existing vessels are blocked. This treatment is usually an option for those who can’t tolerate heart procedures, like bypass surgery but are at risk for heart attacks, stroke, and heart disease.
Those who can undergo this kind of heart surgery may also benefit from ECP treatments following their procedure.