The IIa classification signifies that the weight of evidence and level of opinion are in favor of a treatment and, in this case, that physicians should consider EECP Therapy as a treatment option for patients suffering from refractory angina.
"It is a breakthrough that EECP Therapy was included in the ESC Guidelines for the first time, and at the same time was given a level IIa recommendation, which means it 'should be considered' as a treatment option as opposed to 'may be considered' recommendation for a IIb rating," said Dr.
"Throughout the past decade, EECP Therapy has been offered to hundreds of thousands of patients in numerous centers and hospitals in the Unites States and abroad. During this time, we have gathered a wealth of data from many different studies, including randomized controlled trials published in peer-reviewed journals, and have received countless testimonials regarding an improvement to patients' quality of life," continued Dr. Ma. "We believe this treatment option should be made available to a wider patient base. Our responsibility is not only to support and improve this technology, but also to champion the patient who is not receiving this therapy and its benefits. Furthermore, we have a social obligation to support healthcare cost reduction through expanding role of EECP Therapy, which has been demonstrated in clinical literature to reduce re-hospitalizations and emergency room visits. We believe this high recommendation by ESC should help promote a broader acceptance of the EECP Therapy around the world."
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