Monthly Archives: July 2015

Is there any data on having ecp treatments on a patient who has a ICD?

By ICD, i mean defib device. That shouldn’t be a problem as in EECP or ECP your heart beats normally. But all EECP centers are run by cardiologists who will know and you should make the nurse who runs the machine aware of it as well.

If there are any problem, there is a stop button on the control panel that releases pressure immediately and the machine is designed to stop on any abnormal heart beat. The nurses are always very attentive, especially for the first few teatments, after that they get a little slack, however that stop button is positioned so the patient can hit it as well.

Wearing pantyhose is not so bad for EECP

but you should have seen the young Muslim woman’s face in Istanbul when my wife said, oh they are not for me, they are for my husband!

The first Cardiologist stopped EECP and refused to allow me to continue because of blisters. I told her my heart was more important than my skin but she refused to budge. I told her that maybe if I got some lycra pants like bicycle or ski pants it would help and she said it would be worse.

I got on the net and contacted the manufacturer of the machine and they told me to buy pantyhose and continue if I could stand it. She however would not allow it again till the blisters healed which takes two weeks even with the recommendation I got from Vaso Medical to continue with the pantyhose to cut the friction. I asked for another doctor but he told me he was too busy.

I contacted the doctor that had left there (Memorial) for American hospital and he said they were getting an EECP machine in a week, and I could be the first patient on it and I was. The other doctor was mad as hell, but I could care less, I told them when I left that she was not reasonable at all, and I think she got in a little trouble over it. I hoped that she learned that patients have a right to make decisions on their medical care as well as doctors.


In Canada I did the treadmill till I experienced angina then immediately got the ultrasound look at what my heart was doing under those stress conditions. The lower part of the heart stops working showing it is oxygen deprived. Angiogram won’t show this as it is not a quick procedure like ultrasound and you can’t just jump from the treadmill to the Angiogram table, obviously.

Did you misunderstand me? I jumped off the treadmill for ULTRASOUND not angiogram. Angiogram takes time to set up, you have to be preped, which means shaved and betadined to make the area sterile, then you go on the table and they insert the sheath into the artery and slide in the guidewire, then the catheter and inject dye into the left and right major arteries. All this takes time so there is no way to observe the heart working under stress. You can only do that with ultrasound because everything is in the same room and you can go right from the treadmill immediately to the table for the ultrasound look at the stressed heart.

In my case it was plain to see that under stress the lower part and posterior wall wasn’t working at all. A couple of shots of nitro and in a few minutes it was back to near normal.