Mary Hanel, 82, from Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, had double bypass surgery in 1985 and resumed normal life until a few years ago when her quality of life rapidly deteriorated. Mary had a persistent cough and shortness of breath, but when she began noticing pressure on her chest and pain in her arm, she decided to see Dr. Yaron Bareket, a cardiologist at Hackensack Medical Center. Dr. Bareket identified severe blockages in Mary’s heart, but explained she was too high-risk for surgery and referred her to interventional cardiologist, Dr. Adam Raskin. Dr. Raskin and the heart team at Hackensack evaluated her case and recommended Protected PCI with the Impella heart pump.
On October 12, 2018, Dr. Raskin implanted the Impella CP® device, cleared blockages, and placed stents. The following day, Mary was discharged home. Today, Mary feels better than she has in years. She exercises three days a week and is back to traveling with her husband. Her husband now calls her the “dynamo” because of her endless energy.