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Ask Dr. Gott 10/20

Heart-disease treatment helps reader's quality of life

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 80 and had a bypass about eight years ago. Several years later, I had congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and diabetes type 2. I heard about Enhanced External Counterpulsation and, as my heart disease was worsening, I thought I would give it a try instead of more life-risking surgery or even catheterization. My cardiologist said that EECP was a last resort. Since EECP was noninvasive, Food and Drug Administration-approved and fully paid for by my insurance and Medicare, I thought his advice was not logical. The cardiologist's advice might also have been self-serving.

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