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How to Avoid Potential Complications from PCI

Percutaneous coronary intervention—or PCI—and Protected PCI™ are nonsurgical procedures for people with blocked coronary arteries. The purpose of both procedures is to open up narrowed arteries and improve blood flow to the heart. PCI is recommended for people who otherwise have a healthy heart. Protected PCI is recommended for patients with stable blood flow and […]

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 […]

How Does the World’s Smallest Heart Pump Work During Protected PCI?

Watch this brief animated video to discover how the world’s smallest heart pump does its job during Protected PCI procedures.  

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.

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 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 […]

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 […]