Fish Oil Protects the Heart After PCI

Percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI is a procedure that opens narrowed or blocked arteries. Some patients with severe coronary artery disease and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction may be candidates for Protected PCI, a PCI procedure using a miniature heart pump called the Impella 2.5. A study found that people who were given omega-3 fatty […]

Got Heart? The Impella Mobile Learning Laboratory Visits Bakersfield Heart Hospital

The massive Impella Mobile Learning Laboratory made a recent stop at the Bakersfield Heart Hospital, attracting kids and their parents, grandparents, doctors and other community members who came onboard to see the Impella 2.5™ heart pump. The world’s smallest heart pump, the Impella 2.5 heart pump, provides a safety net for the heart which enables […]

Are Protected PCI™ Procedures Minimally Invasive?

Minimally invasive procedures are defined as medical procedures that use small incisions and cause minimal damage to body tissue by both the American Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Random House Dictionary.

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 […]

Tips for Successful Doctor Visits after a Heart Disease Diagnosis

Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment and remembered that you forgot to ask a crucial question? It is frustrating, but you are not alone—many of us have done that! Here are tips to help you get the most out of your next doctor’s appointment after a heart disease diagnosis.

Perspective from a Protected PCI Patient: Justin Redman

Prior to my cath procedure I was in a lot of pain due to the blockage in my heart. After having 20+ heart caths I knew that this one would be high risk. My previous cardiologists had warned that they weren’t interested in taking that sort of risk and recommended I just live with it, […]

What is Ejection Fraction and What Does it Tell You About Your Heart?

Before her cardiology appointment, Mrs. Elliott had an echocardiogram, or ultrasound, of her heart. This was not unusual, as she has an echocardiogram each year before her annual cardiology appointment. During Mrs. Elliott’s subsequent visit to the cardiologist she learned she had a low ejection fraction. She understands that this is related to her being […]