For Referring Physicians
Heart disease remains the nation’s leading cause of death1
An estimated 6.2 million Americans suffer from heart failure and this number is predicted to rise to more than 8 million by 2030. Many heart failure patients are not diagnosed as having heart disease or are told that they have no treatment options due to the risk and complexity of their heart disease.
The population of patients who are appropriate for Protected PCI are typically hemodynamically stable patients who have high-risk characteristics such as complex coronary artery disease, mildy, moderately, or severely depressed left ventricular ejection fraction (<40%), and/or comorbidities such as heart failure, diabetes, or advancing age. Patients with various combinations of these high-risk characteristics are most appropriate for revascularization and have been shown to benefit from a Protected PCI.1-8
Why is Protected PCI Important?
The use of the Impella heart pump during a PCI allows blood pressure to be maintained during the procedure, allowing the physician to perform a more complete and optimized procedure. Protected PCI with Impella heart pumps has been proven to improve quality of life for these patients and help them return home faster.2,3
How Do Impella® Heart Pumps Work?
Impella, the world’s smallest heart pump, allows the heart to rest by protecting the patient hemodynamically during a high-risk procedure. Impella heart pumps provide direct left ventricular unloading by pulling blood from the left ventricle and expelling it into the aorta, increasing total cardiac output/arterial pressure and reducing myocardial oxygen consumption. For patients in right heart failure, the right-sided Impella heart pump delivers blood from the inferior vena cava to the pulmonary artery.