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Cardiology and Endovascular Medicine at Atlantic Medical Group Primary Care and Medical Specialties

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The Medical Institute of New Jersey provides the following cardiovascular and endovascular services:

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Enhanced External Counterpulsation

If you’ve been diagnosed with angina – persistent chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue or discomfort that occurs when the heart muscle isn’t getting the blood flow it needs – we offer a proven, non-surgical treatment that can provide some relief.

The Medical Institute of New Jersey is one of few practices in the region that offers a therapy known as Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP), a non-invasive outpatient procedure that helps increase blood flow and reduce the symptoms of angina pectoris. With improved functional capacity, patients can experience a better quality of life.

Relief for the Symptoms of Angina
Research shows EECP therapy is a safe and effective treatment for angina and chronic heart failure:

  • Food and Drug Administration-approved
  • Medicare-approved and reimbursable by most insurance plans
  • Non-invasive, in-office treatment

Who is a Candidate for EECP?
EECP is a non-surgical alternative therapy for people who suffer from coronary heart disease and the symptoms of angina which include chest pain, tightness in their chest, tightness in the jaw. It is a non-surgical substitute for:

  • Patients who do not respond to medications
  • Patients who restrict their activities to avoid symptoms
  • High-risk patients with diabetes, pulmonary disease, renal dysfunction or congestive heart failure
  • Patients who prefer not to undergo surgical intervention, including coronary artery bypass and angioplasty

What is Involved?
Treatments usually last for one hour each day, five days a week for a total of 35 sessions. During the procedure, patients lie on a comfortable table with large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around their legs and buttocks. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between heart beats and an electrocardiogram (EKG) monitors the timing and levels of blood and oxygen being delivered. A trained clinical professional remains with you during the entire treatment process.