Nancy Myers, 63, is a retired school nurse in Wilmington, Delaware. Because Nancy has a family history of heart disease, she always made an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The morning of her heart attack, Nancy knew something wasn’t right and drove herself to a local clinic where she collapsed. She was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, where the cardiac team, led by Dr. John Kelly, waited for her.
Once in the cath lab, her heart stopped, and Dr. Kelly and his team worked quickly to resuscitate Nancy. They then performed an angioplasty to open the blocked arteries and place stents, but Nancy’s heart was still not functioning properly. She 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. Dr. Kelly implanted the Impella CP® heart pump to temporarily support her heart and allow it to rest. With the hemodynamic support of the Impella device, Nancy’s heart recovered and, after four days, the Impella pump was removed. A little over a week later, Nancy was discharged home. Today, she has returned to her normal routine and enjoys time with her husband, children and grandchildren.