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Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy FAQ in Buffalo, NY

Q: Is Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy safe?

A: ECP Therapy has been utilized and studied for over 50 years. There are over 200 peer reviewed, scientific studies on ECP. During that time hundreds of thousands of ECP treatments have occurred and there has never been a report of any major adverse event. The only side effects are extremely minor, such as mild skin irritation or bruising.

Q: What results can I expect from Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy?

A: While results from treatment vary based on each individual, there are many benefits that are commonly reported. These common benefits include increased energy, better sleep, reduction in heart disease symptoms, improvement in circulation (especially in the legs), reduction in certain heart disease medications, improvements in recovery time, and improvements in mobility.

Q: Does insurance cover Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy?

A: Yes! Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers all support the use of ECP Therapy for qualified individuals. To find out if you qualify for insurance coverage, please contact our office.

Q: Is Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy an approved treatment?

A: ECP is approved by both the FDA and by Medicare. As a result, ECP is covered by almost every major commercial insurance provider in the United States. ECP is also included in the American College of Cardiology guidelines for the treatment of coronary artery disease. In other countries, such as India and China, ECP Therapy is so trusted that it is offered as a direct alternative to bypass surgery and stenting.

Q: How long is a course of Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy treatments?

A: Each ECP treatment session typically last one hour. A complete prescribed course of ECP Therapy consists of 35 treatment sessions or 35 total hours. Individuals that are specifically referred to or prescribed ECP Therapy complete their sessions 3-5 times per week over the course of 7-10 weeks.

Q: What if I miss a treatment?

A: While we encourage patients not to miss a treatment to help ensure optimal results, one or two missed treatments will not negatively impact the outcome of the course of therapy. If you do have to miss a treatment, we will simply schedule the missed treatment on the back end of your course of therapy.

Q: I’m interested in Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy, but I don’t have heart disease. Can I use Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy for prevention/wellness or for athletic performance improvement?

A: Absolutely, Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy is safe and effective as a wellness and athletic treatment. We treat many individuals and athletes with Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy who do not have cardiac problems. While these uses of Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy won’t be covered by health insurance, we do offer self-pay and payment plan programs for individuals looking to use Heart Flow (ECP) Therapy for purposes other than cardiac treatment. Find out more about these services by contacting our office or filling out an online form.