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Florida Hospital DeLand has expanded the tools in its arsenal for fighting cardiac disease.
The hospital recently purchased the Impella 2.5 and CP 4.0 Cardiac Assist Device for heart attack patients.
For patients who experience a heart attack, Impella protects the heart from further damage and enables the left ventricle to heal and gain optimal function. It is the world's smallest heart pump, smaller than the width of a pencil.
During a heart attack, some patients have difficulty maintaining their blood pressure, which means the heart cannot pump blood to the body's vital organs. The Impella is a left ventricular assistance device that works by sending blood from the left ventricle to the ascending aorta, delivering anywhere from 2.5 to 4 liters of blood per minute and allowing the blood to pump through the body properly.
Without surgery, it is inserted in the hospital's cardiac catheterization lab via through a small hole in the leg, up through the aorta into the left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber of the heart. Here, it is placed for one to six days as it, depending on how long it takes to stabilize the patient.
"This is a $75,000 investment in the community's cardiac care," said Marlene Thomas, the hospital's director of Cardiopulmonary and Cardiovascular Services. "The Impella technology has increasingly gained the favor of many cardiologists over the balloon pump, which has been the standard technology for years."
This advancement comes on the heels of several other enhancements to the hospital's cardiac services. This year, it upgraded one of its cardiac catheterization labs and has plans to replace the second and add a third in 2014.