Long-term prognosis of patients with angina treated with enhanced external counterpulsation: fiVe- year follow-up study
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Copyright © 2000 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 254–258, April 2000
How to Cite
Lawson, W. E., Hui, J. C. K. and Cohn, P. F. (2000), Long-term prognosis of patients with angina treated with enhanced external counterpulsation: fiVe- year follow-up study. Clin Cardiol, 23: 254–258. doi: 10.1002/clc.4960230406
- Issue online: 3 FEB 2009
- Version of Record online: 3 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JUL 1999
- Manuscript Received: 11 JUN 1999
- coronary artery disease;
- external counterpulsation;
Background: Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a noninvasive treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD) that has been used successfully in patients not responding to medical and/or surgical therapy.
Hypothesis: The study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of EECP on long-term prognosis in such patients.
Methods: Major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) were tracked in 33 patients with CAD treated with EECP. Patients were subgrouped based on whether or not they demonstrated an early improvement in radionuclide stress perfusion imaging (Responders vs. Nonresponders) and followed for MACE over a mean follow-up of 5 years. Patient population characteristics included 73% with multivessel disease; 45% with prior myocardial infarction(s); and 61% who had undergone either coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), or both.
Results: There were 26 of 33 (79%) Responders, and 7 of 33 (21%) Nonresponders. Subsequent MACE over the 5-year follow-up included four deaths and eight patients with cardiovascular events [acute myocardial infarct (4), new CABG or PTCA (6), valve replacement (1), unstable angina (1)]. Nonresponders had significantly (p <0.01) more MACE (6/7 or 86%) than Responders (6/26 or 23%). Overall, 21 of the 33 (64%) patients remained alive and without MACE and the need for revascularization 5 years post EECP treatment
Conclusion: This study suggests that, particularly for the majority of patients demonstrating improvement in radionuclide stress perfusion post treatment, EECP may be an effective long-term therapy.