Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) January 20, 2012
The International EECP® Therapists Association (“IETA”), announced today in recognition of February as American Heart Month, the IETA has declared the week of February 20th – 24th, 2012 as the first annual “International EECP® Therapy Week”. With approximately 600 EECP® therapy centers in the United States and more than 250 in countries across the globe, the IETA has invited all EECP® therapy facilities to demonstrate their dedication to their patients and the medical communities they serve by celebrating Heart Month in a way that will increase awareness in the public and the healthcare communities internationally about Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP®), an FDA cleared, Medicare covered, non-invasive outpatient therapy for the treatment of symptoms in angina and congestive heart failure.
The IETA has requested that EECP® centers worldwide make a unified statement in support of their EECP® therapy facilities by hosting events and activities during this week that will increase the awareness of patients and physicians about EECP® therapy. Suggested activities and events include local press releases and media contact, educational meetings presenting information on EECP® therapy and other topics of interest to cardiovascular patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals, scheduled visits by local politicians, invitations for an open house, free blood pressure screening, blogs, videos, EECP® patient reunions and other suggestions that will make EECP® therapy and the dedicated physicians, therapists and centers that are committed to improving patient outcomes and their quality of life.
Louanne Tempich, RN, CET, the President of the International EECP® Therapists Association stated that “we expect this first celebration of International EECP® Therapy Week, in recognition of American Heart Month, to become an annual event, helping more patients and physicians become aware of EECP® therapy and how it can help them eliminate or relieve the symptoms of angina and heart failure, enabling them to lead fuller, more productive lives, non-invasively”.
The IETA was established in 2000 by a group of dedicated EECP® therapists and supervisors to share their collective knowledge and experience in providing EECP® therapy, a relatively new technology at the time, in order to ensure the highest possible patient benefits and safety, as well as increase the operational success of their centers. IETA membership has grown over the past 12 years both in the U.S. and overseas. Both U.S. Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Tartaglia and Dr. Subramanian Ramasamy, the International Medical Director, have been involved in providing EECP® therapy to patients for over 15 years and been involved in controlled clinical trials demonstrating the safety and efficacy of EECP® therapy that have been published in peer reviewed medical journals.
For more information about the IETA visit http://www.ietaonline.com
For more information about EECP® therapy visit http://www.eecp.com
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