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Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

MVHS is now offering options for patients who have been deemed too high of a risk for heart surgery.

MVHS offers percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with Impella®, one of the world’s smallest heart pumps for angioplasty and stenting in patients previously told they are too high risk for open heart surgery. This device is positioned in your heart through a small incision, typically made in the groin, allowing the heart doctor to perform complex angioplasty and stenting by maintaining stable heart function during the procedure. This allows the heart team to perform a more thorough heart-repair procedure without interruption the normal blood flow your heart needs to stay healthy during the procedure. The device is often removed after the procedure and most patients who undergo the procedure go home within 24 hours.

Benefits of Protected PCI™ with Impella® heart pump:

  • Improvement in severe coronary artery disease  
  • Shorter hospital stay for most patients
  • Shorter recovery time for most patients.

Candidates for Protected PCI™ with Impella® have coronary artery disease and:

  • Are at an increased risk undergoing angioplasty or stent placement
  • Are not eligible for surgery due to risk factors
  • Have other health concerns (diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, etc.).

Clinical guidelines and the FDA support the use of the Impella® Heart Pump for Protected PCI in the higher-risk patient population.


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Impella Heart Pump use in Cardiac arrest and Cardiac Shock

Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening situation that occurs when the heart’s inability to function causes organs in the body to begin to fail. This may happen as a result of a sudden cardiac event such as a heart attack. In this event, the Impella® Heart Pump can be inserted in the groin to support patients whose heart is too weak to adequately pump blood to provide much-needed oxygen to vital organs. The device is designed to allow for heart recovery or to buy time for advanced treatment options such as heart transplant.

For more information, please contact our Protected PCI team at 315-733-7598.