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 www.protectedpci.com/indications-use-safety-information/.