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Angina Treatment

Are You Living With Angina? | Central Oregon

Angina is a common symptom of coronary heart disease, and is experienced as chest pain or discomfort, or a feeling of pressure or squeezing in your chest. Pain caused by angina can also be noticed in your back, jaw, neck or arms. Plaque formations in the arteries that supply blood to the heart reduce the flow of oxygen-rich blood that the heart muscle depends on to function properly. Over three million cases of angina occur each year in the United States.

Enhanced External Counterpulsation | St. Charles Health System

Treatment for angina includes medications, lifestyle changes, cardiac rehabilitation and various cardiac procedures, one being enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). This procedure is painless and does not require surgery, and it works to increase blood flow to areas of the heart where blood flow is lacking.

During this procedure, a patient lays on his or her back and three pressure cuffs are attached around the calves, lower thighs and upper thighs. The cuffs are inflated and deflated in a coordinated rhythm, which moves blood from the patient’s lower limbs up to the heart. EECP treatments typically take about an hour a day, five days a week and last for seven weeks (35 total hours). Benefits of EECP may include a reduced dependence on angina medications and a decrease in chest pain.

Talk with our Cardiovascular Specialists at St. Charles Health System

If you need assistance managing your angina or you feel your current course of treatment isn’t improving your condition, the cardiovascular specialists in Bend, OR at the St. Charles Health System may be able to help. We offer EECP and other treatment options that can help relieve symptoms associated with angina. Call 541-388-4333 today for more information about EECP, our cardiovascular services or to schedule an appointment.

Angina treatment in Central Oregon with enhanced external counterpulsation is available at the St. Charles Health System.