Impella® Heart Pump Helps Give New Mexico Guardsman Jay Sanchez Second Chance at Life
The bad news: Jay was in cardiogenic shock, a life-threatening condition in which the heart is suddenly unable to pump enough blood and oxygen to support the body’s vital organs. In cardiogenic shock, the heart muscle begins to lose its ability to contract, causing a vicious spiral of reduced cardiac output, low blood pressure, and weaker contractions. The shock was likely the result of a massive heart attack. In the past, patients in cardiogenic shock usually died; now, if treated immediately, about half survive 1. Risk factors for cardiogenic shock include older age, a history of heart attacks or heart failure, coronary artery disease that affects the heart’s major blood vessels, high blood pressure or diabetes.2
Jay had none of these risk factors.
Jay was rushed to the cardiac catheterization laboratory – or “cath lab.” There, physicians found two of the three main heart arteries were blocked. A blockage in the left artery has been dubbed “the widow-maker” because few patients survive it.
Mark Zolnick, MD, FACC, FSCAI, an interventional cardiologist at the New Mexico Heart Institute, performed an angioplasty and placed stents to reopen Jay’s arteries.
Would it be enough to save his life?
Impella® Protects the Heart During Cardiogenic Shock
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