Too Much Protein May Be Bad for Your Heart

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For women over 50, following a diet high in animal protein may increase the risk of heart failure.

This is the conclusion of a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting that investigated the effects of diet on heart failure in women ages 50 to 79 years of age. Researchers looked at the diet information submitted by over 100,000 participants over the course of five years. They found that women who ate a diet high in animal protein had a significantly higher rate of heart failure than those who ate a diet more balanced with fats and carbohydrates or higher in vegetable proteins. This remained true even when accounting for the presence of heart disease and heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, diabetes, anemia and atrial fibrillation. Read more

When the Heart Fails

when the heart failsHeart failure is a serious heart condition characterized by the inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood throughout the body. Major risk factors for heart failure include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and diabetes. Other heart problems like arrhythmias or heart valve disease may also contribute to the development of heart failure.

Understanding Heart Failure

To understand heart failure, let’s review how the heart works. The heart has four chambers: two upper chambers (right and left atria) and two lower chambers (right and left ventricles). Valves separate the chambers of the heart so blood flows in one direction throughout the body. Read more

How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Heart

Alzheimer's disease heart diseaseAlzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, characterized by difficulty with memory, thinking, and behavior that gets progressively worse over time. Researchers have discovered that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a build-up of amyloid beta proteins in the spaces between brain cells. Although the brain is where symptoms of the disease are first noticed, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than just the brain—it is a systemic disease that can affect the heart too. Read more

Welcome to the Protected PCI “Living with Advanced Heart Disease” Blog

Welcome to the Protected PCI “Living with Advanced Heart Disease” blog, a place where patients can learn about their heart disease in simple, easy-to-understand language. Brought to you by Abiomed—a world leader in medical technologies designed to assist or replace the failing heart—this Protected PCI blog is for everyone: patients, caretakers, family, friends, and anyone interested in learning about heart disease. Our blog posts will include facts about coronary artery disease and heart failure together with symptoms and current treatments for these diseases.

We created the Protected PCI blog because we wanted an opportunity to help you understand your heart disease by explaining common medical terminology, procedures, and practices with you. We hope to engage with you by sharing news and information about the latest breakthroughs in heart research.

We’ll examine how the heart works, common terminology your cardiologist might use to describe complex heart disease and heart failure including explanations of tests and procedures currently used to determine your heart’s health. We’ll look at the latest therapies available to improve heart function and keep track of new advances in heart research including the management and treatment of heart disease, advanced heart failure, and coronary artery disease. We hope this information will improve your quality of life with your heart disease, and we’re excited to share our knowledge of the heart with you. Protected PCI is not right for everyone. Nothing in this blog is designed to replace the recommendations and information you receive about your condition from your physician or cardiologist, which are varied and can involve more than just Protected PCI. Your physician should always be your first stop for advice about health and treatment options.

The bottom line is that we created this blog to share and discuss topics that are important to our readers. Subscribe Now to join our community and stay in the loop whenever new content is published.

As discussed throughout this site, a Protected PCI is a cardiac intervention during which the heart is hemodynamically supported by the Impella® 2.5. The Impella 2.5 is the World’s Smallest Heart Pump and is intended for temporary use (<6 hours) to maintain stable heart function and potentially lower certain risks in patients with severe coronary disease and diminished (but stable) heart function who are undergoing a percutaneous coronary intervention such as an angioplasty or stenting, but who are not candidates for surgical coronary bypass treatment.

The Impella 2.5 system is a temporary (<6 hours) ventricular support device indicated for use during high risk percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) performed in elective or urgent, hemodynamically stable patients with severe coronary artery disease and depressed left ventricular ejection fraction, when a heart team, including a cardiac surgeon, has determined high risk PCI is the appropriate therapeutic option. Use of the Impella 2.5 in these patients may prevent hemodynamic instability which can result from repeat episodes of reversible myocardial ischemia that occur during planned temporary coronary occlusions and may reduce peri- and post-procedural adverse events.

Protected PCI [or Impella 2.5, CP, etc.] is not right for everyone.  You may not be able to be treated with Impella if you have certain pre-existing conditions, which a cardiologist will determine, such as:  severe narrowing of the heart valve, severe peripheral artery disease, clots in your blood vessels, or a replacement heart valve or certain heart valve deficiencies.  Additionally, use of Impella has been associated with risks, including, but not limited to valvular and vascular injury, bleeding, and limb ischemia in certain patients.  Learn more about the Impella devices’ approved indications for use, as well as important safety and risk information at