What is Impella?
Impella is the only FDA-approved, non-surgical heart pump proven safe and effective to assist the pumping function of the heart during stent placement and ensure blood flow is maintained to critical organs. Done for patients in cardiogenic shock a very high-risk patient before stenting to support blood goes to vital organs during the procedure.
How it works
During a protected stenting procedure, the Impella® heart pump is placed in your heart, temporarily, to assist the pumping function while your physician performs the necessary treatment (angioplasty, stent placement, etc.).
The Impella heart pump is placed by an interventional cardiologist using standard non-surgical techniques. The device is inserted through a small incision and advanced through the arteries and into the heart. Once in place, the Impella heart pump is turned on. The Impella heart pump pulls blood from the left ventricle and releases it into the aorta, providing pumping support to the left ventricle. This active ‘unloading’ of the left ventricle increases blood flow to the brain and other vital organs and protects the kidneys from acute injury.
When your heart is strong enough to pump on its own and the Impella Heart Pump is no longer needed, your cardiologist will remove it (before you go home from the hospital).
What are the benefits of protected stenting with Impella?
- Reduces heart failure symptoms (fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, coughing) such that 8-in-10 patients experience improved quality of life
- Fewer days in the hospital after your procedure compared to traditional therapy such as the intra-aortic balloon pump
Fewer repeat visits to the hospital for heart-related issues than traditional therapy such as the intra-aortic balloon pump
- Compared to other support methods, Impella® may reduce the risk of major adverse events after your PCI (including death, heart attack and stroke)5
Talk to your Cardiologist at The Heart Institute of East Texas about more details.