Non- invasive EECP® Therapy Delivered by Clearwater, Florida Clinic Averts Amputation and Restores Energy and Mobility to 67- year- old Heart Disease Patient Series of simple one- hour treatments reverses 20 years of peripheral vascular disease, says Dr. David Minkoff of LifeWorks Wellness Center Clearwater, Florida (I- Newswire) November 15, 2011 - LifeWorks Wellness Center in Clearwater, Florida ( www.lifeworkswellnesscenter.com) has announced the availability of a clinically proven, non- invasive treatment for reversing symptoms of cardiovascular disease called Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP®) therapy. The center's director, Dr. David Minkoff, said in less than 30 days the painless treatment was able to restore circulation and feeling to the leg of a 67- year- old heart disease patient suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Dr. Minkoff said the therapy also produced "remarkable" increases in the patient's energy level, mobility, and general health. "When the patient arrived at our center he had already undergone multiple invasive procedures and his prognosis was not good," said Dr. Minkoff. "He had three heart stents and one leg stent and could only walk about 20 feet, after which he experienced severe leg cramps. His right leg was basically numb, and his cardiologist said he feared the patient might have to have his leg amputated below the knee." Dr. Minkoff said delivering EECP® therapy to the patient consisted of having him recline on a comfortable padded table, then wrapping his legs and lower torso in cuffs similar to blood pressure cuffs which were inflated and deflated in time to the patient's own heartbeat, pumping extra blood throughout his arterial system and up into the heart muscles. "The increased blood flow widened narrowed arteries and created a network of new collateral arteries which formed a 'natural bypass' around clogged arteries, allowing blood to reach oxygen- deprived tissues," said Dr. Minkoff. Dr. Minkoff said that after the patient's fourth EECP® treatment, the patient's wife became alarmed when she came home to find him missing. After searching each room, she walked to the backyard and was shocked to find her husband pulling weeds in the garden. "The patient told her that he was really feeling better and thought he could do some work around the house," said Dr. Minkoff. Dr. Minkoff said that after a few weeks of additional therapy, the numbness in the patient's right leg had mostly gone away. "He dropped his car off at an auto repair shop, but when his ride home didn't show up the patient decided to try walking -- and he walked two miles all the way to his house with no pain or other symptoms. He told me he hadn't walked that far in 20 years," said Dr. Minkoff. "So, the patient is thrilled and I'm thrilled that such a simple treatment has reversed 20 years of peripheral vascular disease, eliminating the symptoms and improving his quality of life. It's just remarkable." Dr. Minkoff said EECP® therapy has been cleared by the FDA for use in treating patients suffering from angina and angina equivalent symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath, and for congestive heart failure. In nearly 80% of the cases where it has been applied, EECP® therapy has improved circulation and eliminated or reduced the symptoms associated with angina and heart failure for up to three years after treatment. EECP® therapy is covered by Medicare and most private insurers. "EECP® therapy gives heart patients new hope for ending chronic pain and fatigue while giving cardiologists an important clinical tool for improving the quality of life for patients unable to undergo or benefit from stenting or surgical procedures," said Dr. Minkoff. Clearwater residents can get more information about EECP® therapy by visiting LifeWorks Wellness Center at 301 Turner Street, Clearwater, Florida, 33756, or calling 727-466-6789, or visiting www.lifeworkswellnesscenter.com. EECP® is a registered trademark of Vasomedical, Inc., Westbury, NY ###
Additional Resources About LifeWorks Wellness Center: LifeWorks Wellness Center was founded in 1997. From the very beginning we wanted to create a healing center where people could get the best medical care possible in an environment where they would be treated like family. LifeWorks has become a place where the chronically ill person can get better, the well person can gain more youthfulness and the athlete can see soaring performance.
LifeWorks Wellness Center was founded in 1997. From the very beginning we wanted to create a healing center where people could get the best medical care possible in an environment where they would be treated like family. LifeWorks has become a place where the chronically ill person can get better, the well person can gain more youthfulness and the athlete can see soaring performance. Company Contact Information: LifeWorks Wellness Center Anja Majcen anja(@)theprgroup.com Phone: 727.447.4992 x202 Published in: Medical Tags: angina treatment treatment congestive heart failure EECP treatment stop angina pain Published on: November 15, 2011