In a recent published article entitled “Evaluation of the role of enhanced external counter pulsation in patients with chronic heart failure”, in the International Journal of Advances in Medicine authors Sabapathy Kannappan and Thirumal Babu Kannappan concluded “…there was improvement in functional class. Eleven out of thirty-six patients were asymptomatic. The mean distance covered in six-minute walk test was also significantly increased after the therapy. The Echocardiographic parameters like Ejection Fraction (EF), Systolic excursion of mitral valve annulus (S’), Ratio between mitral flow E Velocity & Mitral annular E velocity (E/E’) significantly improved after EECP. Conclusions: In this study, it was concluded that there was significant improvement in symptoms, functional capacity and LV function in Chronic Heart Failure patients after EECP therapy.”
In this article the study, thirty-six symptomatic patients in NYHA class II and III were included in this study. All the patients underwent one hour of EECP therapy for thirty-five sessions over a period of seven weeks. NYHA classification, six-minute walk test, two dimensional and Tissue Doppler Echocardiographic examination were done before and after EECP therapy.
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