Heart Recovery is Possible With Impella
In a randomized controlled trial, 8-in-10 patients treated with Impella heart pumps experienced reduction in heart failure symptoms or improvement in heart function.2,8 Their native heart function recovered, and heart failure symptoms diminished, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, and coughing,1,2 in just 90 days after a Protected PCI procedure as compared to other forms of treatment.2
Impella is the only U.S. FDA-approved percutaneous heart pump technology indicated for patients with severe coronary artery disease requiring high-risk PCI
Impella heart pumps have the unique ability to enable heart recovery, allowing patients to return home with their native hearts. Impella is the only non-surgical heart pump that is FDA-approved as safe and effective for high-risk patients receiving a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). An Impella-supported stenting procedure, known as Protected PCI, may be an option for you.
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What is Protected PCI?
For some patients, their doctors may determine their heart disease is too severe for stenting and too high-risk for surgery. An Impella-supported stenting procedure, also known as Protected PCI, is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure performed in a catheterization lab by an interventional cardiologist.
During a protected percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), Impella heart pumps temporarily assist the pumping function of the heart during stent placement to ensure blood flow is maintained to critical organs.
You are considered a high-risk patient if:
- Your heart team has told you that angioplasty or stent placement is too risky
- There’s nothing more your physician can do to address your symptoms
- You are not a candidate for surgery due to your risk factors
- You have other health concerns that increase the risk of traditional stenting or heart surgery such as chronic kidney disease
How Protected PCI Works
The Impella heart pump is inserted through a small incision and advanced through the arteries into the heart. Impella pulls blood from the left ventricle and releases it into the aorta, providing pumping support. This active ‘unloading’ of the left ventricle increases blood flow to vital organs. When support is no longer needed, your cardiologist will remove Impella before you leave the hospital.
- Dangas, G.D., et al. (2014). Am J Cardiol, 113(2), 222-228.
- O’Neill, W.W., et al. (2012). Circulation, 126(14), 1717-1727.
- Gregory, D., et al. (2013). Am Health Drug Benefits, 6(2), 88-99.
- Maini, B., et al. (2014). Catheter Cardiovasc Interv, 83(6), E183-E192.
- Gregory, D., et al. (2013). J Manag Care Med, 16(1), 61-69.
- O’Neill, W.W., et al. (2014). J Interviev Cardiol, 27(1), 1-11.
- Roos, J.B., et al. (2013). J Med Econ, 16(3), 3381-390.
- PROTECT II Data on File