Differences between the Impella Heart Pump and the Intra Aortic Balloon Pump

Mr. Gonzalez recently learned he had three clogged arteries and a low ejection fraction. His cardiologist recommended a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure using either the Impella 2.5™ heart pump or the Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP). He is interested in learning about both devices and recent research on their use—here is some helpful information […]

PCI vs. Protected PCI: What is the Difference and Which One is Right for Me?

First Visit Mr. Marx failed pre-operative screening for his gall bladder operation and was referred to a cardiologist for additional testing. He learned he had 3 blocked coronary arteries, which are blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with blood. The cardiologist suggested he might be a candidate for percutaneous coronary intervention. The doctor explained […]

What To Expect Before, During, and After a Protected PCI Procedure?

Mr. Gonzalez is scheduled to undergo a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure. He asked his doctor to explain what will happen during and after the procedure. He was given the following explanation: The Protected PCI procedure is performed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory (cardiac cath lab), which contains the computerized X-ray equipment needed to perform […]