Impella is a device that can be inserted in the catheterization laboratory through a standard guide wire. It goes through the femoral artery, across the aortic valve and into the left ventricle of the heart. It pumps blood from the left ventricle into the ascending aorta and provides critical blood supply to vital organs.
The Impella moves the blood through the heart and to the other organs 5 times faster than current industry devices. It relieves the heart and provides time and options in the middle of high-risk events. It allows the heart to rest and, in some cases, recover.
Other similar types of cardiac support devices require cardiothoracic surgical placement through the chest, far more of a strain on the patient at a time of crisis. Because the device is catheter based, it is easier to insert.
Wake Forest Baptist’s Advanced Cardiac Care and Transplant Program uses Impella for every conceivable situation:
- Acute heart failure
- High-risk cardiovascular conditions
- Long-term treatment
- Bridge to transplantation