Hospitals in Qatar will introduce a new enhanced external counter pulsation (EECP) therapy for people suffering from ischaemic cardiomyopathy, local newspaper The Peninsula reports.

The EECP therapy relieves angina, improves exercise tolerance and reduces ischaemia in a cardiac stress test, according to various studies.

EECP helps in increasing the blood flow to the coronary arteries which get blocked during ischaemia, resulting in the dysfunction of tissue.

During EECP patients have pneumatic stockings (or cuffs) on their legs and are connected to telemetry monitors that track their heart rate and rhythm.

A total of 35 one-hour sessions, one session a day, five days a week for seven weeks is suggested, though treatments may vary country-wide.