Residual high-grade angina after enhanced external counterpulsation therapy

Peter A. McCullough, Timothy D. Henry, Elizabeth D. Kennard, Sheryl F. Kelsey, Andrew D. Michaels

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Objective: We evaluated the degree of residual angina on the outcomes of enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy for chronic stable angina. Background: Angina refractory to medical therapy is common in the pool of patients who are not completely revascularized by angioplasty or bypass surgery. Methods: We examined 902 patients enrolled from 1998 to 2001 in the Second International Enhanced External Counterpulsation Patient Registry. Baseline and outcome variables were stratified by the last recorded Canadian Cardiovascular Society class. Results: Residual Class 3 (12.1%) or 4 (2.3%) angina was uncommon among patients with severe coronary artery disease after treatment with EECP. Prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and heart failure was similar among the anginal post-EECP anginal classes. Multivessel coronary disease was more common in those with higher-grade angina at completion. More frequent and severe angina at entry was more common in those with the higher anginal classes at EECP (P<.001). There were no differences in the rates of chronic medications utilized or prior revascularization. At 3-year follow-up, rates of death, myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary intervention, and coronary artery bypass surgery tended to be higher across increasing residual angina classes. The composite cardiac event rates were 34%, 33%, and 44% for those with Class 0, Class 1/2, and Class 3/4 angina at EECP completion (P=.01), respectively. Multivariate analysis for the composite endpoint found residual Class 3/4 angina (OR=1.59, 95% CI=1.19-2.17, P=.002), diabetes (OR=1.57, 95% CI=1.23-2.01, P=.0003), age (per decile OR=1.17, 95% CI=1.04-1.31, P=.007), and greater EECP augmentation (OR=0.79, 95% CI=0.65-0.96, P=.02) as significant predictors. Conclusions: Residual high-grade angina after EECP occurs in those with more severe angina and multivessel disease at baseline and is associated with cardiac events over the next 3 years. These data suggest that close clinical observation and intensive management of those with high-grade angina post-EECP are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalCardiovascular Revascularization Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Angina
  • Cardiac events
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Enhanced external counterpulsation
  • Mortality


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