Glendale Heart Patient Trades Angina Pain and Shortness of Breath for Long Walks on the Beach After EECP® Therapy
New, Non-invasive Outpatient Procedure for Treating Heart Disease Available at the Office of Dr. Don W. Lee Improves Vascular Health and can Reduce Symptoms Associated with Coronary Artery Disease for Three to Five Years
GLENDALE, CA (I-Newswire) December 19, 2011 - The office of Glendale cardiologist Dr. Don W. Lee has announced the availability of Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP®) therapy, a clinically proven, non-invasive treatment for relieving chest pain, shortness of breath, and other debilitating symptoms associated with coronary artery disease. According to the office’s EECP® Coordinator, Ms. Romina Soleimani, the painless procedure has resulted in significantly reducing chest pain and other angina symptoms, such as shortness of breath or fatigue, for their patients who have completed a full treatment regimen of EECP® therapy.
“One patient in her seventies who hasn’t been able to walk for years was able to go to the beach and walk for two hours without any chest pain or breathing problems after completing EECP® therapy,” said Ms. Soleimani. “She was very happy.”
Ms. Soleimani said that during the EECP® procedure, three sets of inflatable pressure cuffs are wrapped around the patient’s calves, thighs, and buttocks. In synchronization with the patient’s heart beat, the cuffs are sequentially inflated from the calves to the buttocks, driving blood from the lower body into the upper body, where it widens restricted arteries and creates new collateral pathways to the heart.
“EECP® therapy is able to help those patients who are on maximal medication and those who have already undergone stenting or open heart surgery, but still suffer with chest pain, fatigue, or shortness of breath,” says Ms. Soleimani. “With this therapy they are able to become more active and are much happier.”
Ms. Soleimani said that one EECP® patient told her he was feeling so energized that he took his treadmill out of the closet where it had been stored for several years and began using it again.
“The patients who are undergoing EECP® are improving daily,” said Ms. Soleimani. “I can see their improvement. They have much more energy and stamina.”
According to information posted on www.eecp.com, more than one hundred and fifty papers on EECP® therapy have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals demonstrating EECP® to be safe, low cost, and effective in providing relief of symptoms caused by coronary artery disease for seventy-five percent of patients on whom it is applied. The therapy, covered by Medicare and most major insurers, is delivered on an outpatient basis in a series of daily one-hour sessions.
Studies have shown EECP® benefits last from three to five years, after which time additional EECP® treatments can be prescribed.
To learn more about EECP® therapy, please phone Dr. Lee’s office at (818) 247-0160 or write to Dr. Lee c/o CCI Medical Group, 1510 S. Central Avenue, Suite 150, Glendale, CA 91204, or contact his staff through the Web site, www.cardiacinstitute.com.
EECP® is a registered trademark of Vasomedical, Inc., Westbury, NY.
About The Office of Dr. Don W. Lee at California Cardiac Institute
Dr. Don W. Lee is the founder of the California Cardiac Institute. Board certified in internal medi More..cine and cardiovascular disease, he is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Angiology, American College of Chest Physicians and Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.
Since 1980, Dr. Lee has served the Southern California region as one of its most active interventional cardiologists. He is committed to advancing his field through pioneering research and served as Director of Research at Glendale Memorial Hospital for several years. Dr. Lee is actively involved in the design and development of interventional procedures and devices. He was a key participant in the development of the double lumen introducer for permanent pacemakers. Dr. Lee's ongoing dedication to the advancement of procedure techniques and devices has, in turn, greatly impacted the well being and quality of life of his patients.
Furthermore, he teaches and trains future doctors in his role as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is well-respected by his peers, having given lectures, presentations and symposia in academic and professional settings throughout the United States, France and Korea. Additionally, he has written numerous articles that have been published in professional medical journals. Dr. Lee's 1997 book, Dealing with Heart Problems, employs actual case studies to provide invaluable insights into the emotional and physical aspects of managing heart illness.
Dr. Lee specializes in percutaneous coronary angioplasty, coronary rotablator, stent implantations, TEC arthrectomy and numerous revascularization techniques and procedures. He has performed over 6,000 coronary interventions; over 23,000 cardiac catheterizations; over 650 implantations of permanent pacemakers; over 220 applications of aortic balloon pumps; and over 2,000 echocardiograms (including the trans-esophageal method). Moreover, Dr. Lee is one of a few groundbreaking cardiologists to use new surgical procedures such as PTMR, of which he is the principle investigator.
As a stellar medical professional, Dr. Don W. Lee is dedicated to research, teaching and providing top quality health care for patients with cardiovascular disease.Less..
The Office of Dr. Don W. Lee at California Cardiac Institute
1510 S. Central Avenue, Suite 150
Glendale, CA 91204
Phone : 727.447.4992 x202
Published On:December 19, 2011
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