External counterpulsation therapy (ECP) is a procedure for patients with angina or heart failure or cardiomyopathy to reduce ischemia symptoms, and improve functionality and quality of life.
During treatment, several blood pressure cuffs on both legs gently, but firmly, compress the blood vessels there to boost blood flow to your heart. Each wave is timed to your heartbeat. So more blood goes there when your heart is relaxing. When your heart pumps again, pressure is released right away. This lets blood be pumped more easily.
ECP may help some small blood vessels in your heart open. They may give more blood flow to your heart muscle. This helps ease your chest pain.
This procedure is usually done 30 weekdays in a row at our Jackson location.
Cardioversion is a medical procedure that restores a normal heart rhythm in people with certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). Cardioversion is usually done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest.
Varicose Vein Ablations
Varicose vein treatment, also known as endovenous ablation, uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize and close varicose veins in the legs. It may be used for cosmetic purposes, but it is most commonly used to help alleviate related symptoms such as aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration or inflammation. Endovenous ablation is safe, less invasive than conventional surgery, and leaves virtually no scars. This procedure is done in the vascular lab at our Jackson location.
More on Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are often misunderstood as simply a cosmetic issue. Yet, if left untreated, they can progress to a more serious form of vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI is a progressive disease that can result in increasingly serious signs and symptoms over time. More than 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins or CVI, yet only 1.9 million seek treatment each year. There are effective and minimally invasive treatments available for varicose veins that may be covered by many insurance plans.
Symptoms & Impact
As CVI progresses, other painful and unsightly signs and symptoms may develop, making walking and everyday tasks difficult to complete. Those who suffer from CVI may experience:
- Varicose veins
- Restless legs
- Fatigue of the legs
- Leg pain, aching or cramping
- Burning or itching of the skin on the legs
- Leg ulcers, open wounds or sores
Varicose veins and CVI can affect anyone; gender and age are key factors that may increase a person’s risk for developing the disease. For example, women older than 50 are more likely than others to develop a venous disease that can lead to CVI. Other risk factors include:
- Family history of varicose veins
- Excess weight
- Lack of exercise
- Lifestyle that requires standing for long periods of time
We will assess a patient’s medical history and make a visual assessment of the patient’s legs during a physical examination. If appropriate, we may perform a duplex ultrasound test to confirm a diagnosis of CVI. This test uses painless sound waves to measure the speed of blood flow and see the structure of a person’s leg veins.
Many people live with varicose veins and signs and symptoms of CVI without realizing there are effective and minimally-invasive treatment options available that can treat the conditin before it progresses. These treatments may be covered by many insurance plans. Symptom management for less severe cases may involve changes in diet and lifestyle, leg elevation or the use of compression stockings. For some patients, we may recommend chemical sclerotherapy. For those with more serious symptoms, minimally-invasive endovenous treatments or surgical treatments. Minimally-invasive endovenous treatments include radiofrequency ablation, in which a catheter is used to deliver radiofrequency to heat the vein and seal it off so that blood flow reroutes to a healthy vein.
Understanding Venous Reflux Disease
Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to symptoms of:
- Varicose veins
- Swollen limbs
- Leg heaviness and fatigue
- Skin changes