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Am J Cardiol. 2005 Feb 1;95(3):394-7.

Frequency and efficacy of repeat enhanced external counterpulsation for stable angina pectoris (from the International EECP Patient Registry).

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Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, California, USA.


We assessed the frequency, efficacy, predictors, and long-term success of repeat enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy in relieving angina in a large cohort of patients who had chronic angina pectoris and had undergone a full course of EECP. Within 2 years of the initial course of EECP, the rate of repeat EECP was 18%, which occurred at a mean interval of 378 days after initial EECP. Of those who underwent repeat EECP, 70% had a decrease of >/=1 angina class at the end of repeat EECP with similar decreases in nitroglycerin use.

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