Studies on ECP show most patients:

  • Significantly improve or completely eliminate their symptoms (angina)
  • Significantly increase their stamina, exercise tolerance, and quality of life
  • Reduce or eliminate their use of nitroglycerin (GTN) and other medications
  • Experience these benefits for many years, as shown on stress thallium tests that illustrate the improved blood flow to the heart muscle
  • Are less likely than bypass and angioplasty patients to go to the emergency room, require hospital stays, and undergo additional surgical procedures
  • One study found that patients do just as well five years after ECP as those who have surgery

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