Heart failure and coronary artery disease are the #1 causes of death worldwide.
Heart disease, sometimes called coronary artery disease, is a chronic condition in which the arteries that supply blood to your heart become narrowed or blocked due to a buildup of fatty material, called plaque. If an artery becomes blocked, it can stop blood flow and cause a heart attack.
Advanced heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart is too weak to pump enough blood throughout the body.
Patients who have heart disease and/or heart failure may experience:
- Chest pain or discomfort during or after physical exertion
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- Swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, stomach and neck
- Persistent, unexplained cough that could be a sign that fluid is building up in your lungs
- Fatigue or a sense of being tired from performing typical daily activities
- Reduced heart function, also known as reduced ejection fraction
Initially, your cardiologist may recommend non-invasive medical therapy for your coronary artery disease. But if symptoms persist, or if your coronary artery disease worsens, you may need a heart procedure.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
PCI, or stenting, is a minimally invasive heart procedure used to treat coronary artery disease.
Protected PCI includes the use of the Impella®, the world's smallest heart pump, which allows your blood pressure and blood flow to be maintained during the procedure.
Why is Impella® Important?
For some patients, their doctors may determine their heart disease is too severe for a typical stenting procedure and too high-risk for surgery. During a Protected PCI procedure, Impella temporarily assists the pumping function of the heart.
Stories of Heart Recovery
A Protected PCI procedure with Impella allowed Tory to return to his active routine.
Justin feared another procedure. That’s when his cardiologist introduced him to Protected PCI.
Raising Awareness of Women’s Heart Recovery
The Women’s Initiative for Heart Recovery focuses on heart recovery education and awareness for the female population. Abiomed aims to assist the underserved female population to receive the cardiovascular care they need.
All heart procedures have risks:
An allergic reaction to the medication used in conjunction with the procedure. Clots that can travel through your blood vessels and block the blood flow to other organs, including your lungs, making breathing difficult, or increasing risk of stroke. An infection, which could be localized or spread throughout your body. Injury or irritation to your heart tissue, valves, and blood vessels. The injury or irritation may cause your heart to beat irregularly or result in life-threatening conditions. Bleeding, low blood pressure, low platelet count, and/or damage to red blood cells. These conditions can be life-threatening. Your liver, kidneys, or other parts of the body may not receive enough blood to function efficiently and may not work normally. Your heart may not get better, or your heart failure condition may worsen. The Impella may have an unexpected problem requiring it to be removed, which would result in your heart support being stopped. An infection at the incision site. If you are obese, have diabetes, or if you’ve previously had CABG, the risk of infection is greater. Memory loss and/or loss of mental clarity.