World's smallest heart pump now at the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute

December 7, 2015

The ETMC Cardiovascular Institute now offers the world’s smallest heart pump, the Impella System, to help certain patients maintain stable heart function and circulation during certain high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention procedures, such as balloon angioplasty and stenting, which re-open coronary arteries that have narrowed or blocked due to severe coronary artery disease.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this new technology and have already used this life-saving technology in several cardiac patients,” said Dianne Adelfio, vice president of the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute. “The Impella System is smaller than the width of a pencil, does not require surgery and is the only FDA-approved percutaneous hemodynamic support device determined to be safe and effective for the treatment of elective and urgent high risk patients.”

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“I see this device as a significant clinical step forward, and I am grateful to ETMC for showing the leadership to bring it to the patients in East Texas,” said Dr. Robert Carney, interventional cardiologist with Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants, PA.

Coronary artery disease can lead to chest pain and heart attack and is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. It occurs when one or more of the major arteries on the surface of the heart become narrow or blocked, reducing blood flow that supplies the heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood.

The Impella System is a heart pump that allows the cardiologist to maintain blood flow to the brain, kidneys and other vital organs while they address the patient’s cardiac blockages. The Impella System provides enough blood flow to sustain these organs and keep them from sustaining damage. In patients with decreased heart function, such as during or after a heart attack, the heart pumps less blood than normal every time it beats. Without enough blood flow, the vital organs sustain damage. The Impella System helps reduce the potential for this damage.