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

Before seeing your cardiologist, your doctor will schedule you for an echocardiogram of your heart. One piece of information your cardiologist can learn from the results of the echocardiogram is whether your ejection fraction (EF) is low. Let’s explain what this means: The heart is a muscle that pumps blood to the rest of your […]

Detroit Cardiogenic Shock Initiative

The Detroit Cardiogenic Shock Initiative is an innovative collaboration between five hospitals in the Detroit area designed to improve outcomes in patients who experience cardiogenic shock after a heart attack. These hospitals all use the same best practices and protocols for treating cardiogenic shock. This protocol was developed using data from Abiomed’s Impella Quality (IQ) […]

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.

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 […]

Wall Street Journal Reports on Decline in Inappropriate Stent Procedures

A study, presented at the AHA conference this week, shows that inappropriate stent procedures are on a decline, after physicians and hospitals came under fire for overuse of unnecessary stents for patients who did not necessarily need them. http://on.wsj.com/1WM17Og The decline is likely a response to the appropriate use criteria, published in 2009 and updated […]