Lynn Butler, 51, had Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery 8 years ago. However, like many diabetics, his grafts closed back up again. Since he was not a candidate for additional surgery or angioplasty, Mr. Butler was told by his Cardiologist to go home and take it easy. Adding to Mr. Butler's burden was the psychological impact of his Cardiologist's statement that there was nothing else that could be done. His only option, or so he thought, was to sit at home, take his medicine and pray he would make it through another day.
Although skeptical at first, after receiving 35 ECP treatments, Lynn is now living life again. It has been months since he last took any nitroglycerin and he now works a 40 hour work week. Lynn is now a firm believer saying," I have my life back without drugs, surgery or angioplasty, amazing."
Al Bisignano smoked 3+ packs of cigarettes a day for 30 years. He had to have quintuple bypass in 1985 and has a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Over the past few years he found it more difficult to breathe and had no energy for doing everyday things. He became very cautious about participating in any activity because it would produce angina. Even walking very short distances would give him angina and shortness of breath.
Since completing his ECP treatment 10 months ago, 73 year old Al says he is now walking every day with no pain or shortness of breath. He also notes that he had a new prescription filled for nitroglycerine prior to starting ECP therapy 10 months ago, but has not yet had the need to take even one pill from the bottle. Al is feeling great, is more energetic, is doing handyman chores around the house and even better, is enjoying dancing and being able to live a normal life again.
John Bartolomeo is a 55 year old teacher who had a MI in April, 1999. CPR was initiated and he was shocked more than 10 times. The doctors in the hospital were pessimistic about his recovery and stated that the chances for John's returning to a normal life were minimal. John did recover however, and because he did not want any interventional procedures, he signed himself out of the hospital against the doctor's orders and into the care of his own cardiologist, who recommended externalcounter pulsation.
John is now back teaching full time and feels he has a new "lease on life", thanks to ECP+.
Though only 50 years of age, Akshay Patel suffered with chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and the frequent need for nitroglycerine. His ability to work was very limited due to the onset of one or all of these symptoms. He had 4 arteries that were blocked, and it was recommended that he have at least an angioplasty for symptomatic relief. However, Akshay did not want to have any invasive procedures until he had exhausted all other options, one of which turned out to be ECP.
It has now been over l year since he finished his ECP course of treatment and he is still delighted with the fact that he can now climb stairs (even up to 7 floors) with no shortness of breath or chest pain. He no longer needs to take one of his medications and the others have been cut in half by his physician. His use of nitroglycerine has dropped dramatically... he has not had to take ANY since having ECP+ therapy! Akshay is very happy with the fact that having the ECP+ treatment has eliminated the need to have any invasive procedures.