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Squeezing Away Chest Pain

<br> <P>It's a pain in the chest nine million Americans live with every day.&nbsp; See how doctors are now shaking up a common heart problem with surgery or drugs!</P>

 ANGINA IS TREATABLE, BUT MOST OF THE TIME PATIENTS HAVE TO TAKE MEDICATION FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES TO CONTROL IT.
 TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST SHOWS US HOW A SIMPLE THERAPY IS HELPING PATIENTS KICK IT FOR GOOD!
CONNIE CREWS HAS A VERY IMPORTANT JOB...
SHE'S A FULL TIME MOM TO DOGS CASEY AND MARTY. BUT WHILE WORKING HER PART TIME JOB AS A NURSE SHE REALIZED SOMETHING WASN'T RIGHT WITH HER HEART.
"I noticed what I thought was heart burn. With the burning."
IT WAS MICROVASCULAR ANGINA...OR M-V-A.
AN EARLY FORM... OF CORONARY HEART DISEASE THAT OCCURS WHEN ARTERIES NARROW AND THE HEART DOESN'T GET ENOUGH OXYGEN RICH BLOOD. CARDIOLOGIST DOCTOR KEN KRONHAUS SAYS PEOPLE WITH IT HAVE FEW OPTIONS.
"The vessels are too tiny to put a stent in, the medications work much less than half the time."
TO TREAT IT, HE'S USING A NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT FOR HEART PATIENTS RECENTLY CLEARED BY THE F-D-A. ENHANCED EXTERNAL COUNTERPULSATION OR E-E-C-P.
"It milks the blood in the arteries and veins in the legs and increases the blood flow to the heart."
FOR SEVEN WEEKS, PATIENTS LIE ON THIS BED FOR 35 ONE HOUR SESSIONS. BLOOD PRESSURE CUFFS INFLATED WITH AIR ARE WRAPPED AROUND EACH LEG. THEY CONTRACT AND EXPAND WITH EACH HEART BEAT HELPING DEVELOP BETTER CIRCULATION.
  "Without any needles, cutting or added medication." ACCORDING TO THE MAYO CLINIC, IT'S BEEN PROVEN TO WORK IN 75 TO 80 PERCENT OF PATIENTS WITH ANGINA SYMPTOMS.
DOCTOR KRONHAUS SAYS THE THERAPY COULD ONE DAY REPLACE LIFE-LONG HEART DRUGS.
"I continue to feel better, to have more stamina and just have a better sense of well-being."
 DOCTOR KRONHAUS SAYS M-V-A IS MOST COMMONLY SEEN IN WOMEN WHO ARE TRANSITIONING TO MENOPAUSE.
  BUT IT CAN ALSO AFFECT MEN.
 THE E-E-C-P TREATMENT CAN COST UP TO SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS. IT'S USUALLY COVERED BY INSURANCE.
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