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Published on November 22, 2011

Peter Davio & Enhanced External Counterpulsation

Peter Davio
Patient: Peter Davio, Clarksburg, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Service: Enhanced External Counterpulsation

Doctor: Dennis Friedman, MD

Davio had a family history of heart disease. A stress test and a catheterization revealed a blockage in his arteries. Within 72 hours, he underwent surgery.

“About 90 days after my surgery, I developed angina,” Davio says, which is chest pain or pressure that you feel when your heart muscle does not get enough blood.

The blockage had returned. That’s when Dennis Friedman, M.D., director of cardiology and cardiovascular rehabilitation at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, recommended a nonsurgical option: enhanced external counterpulsation, or EECP.

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