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EECP approved for heart failure. (Clinical Capsules).

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approved uses of enhanced external counterpulsation therapy to include the treatment of heart failure. The device was already approved for treating angina.

For the noninvasive therapy, leg cuffs are timed to inflate at specific intervals. External pressure is provided to the peripheral vasculature when the heart is at rest, and the pressure is released when the heart beats.

Pulses that counter the heart's beating are thought to decrease the organ's workload as well as to improve its oxygen supply according to EECP marketer Vasomedical, Westbury, N.Y.
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Title Annotation:enhanced external counterpulsation therapy
Author:Moon, Mary Ann
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 15, 2002
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