The Impella Heart Pump


This tiny device carries a powerful purpose. “You insert it into the heart and it draws blood from the left ventricle, the main pumping chamber of the heart, and delivers it to the aorta,” explained Dr. Randall Buss, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Lee Health.

The Impella heart pump is temporary heart support designed to help patients maintain blood flow to the heart, brain, and kidneys during a stenting procedure. “It can be placed through an artery in the groin or the arm, or we, in surgery, will typically put it directly in the aorta,” he said.

Once inside the heart, the device can deliver about 5.5 liters of blood flow—which is the full support of the left ventricle. “We use it in the operating room when the patient has had a large heart attack and the heart cannot support them or in very high-risk patients undergoing surgery for chronic heart failure so they can survive the operation and fully recover,” said Dr. Buss.

The Impella heart pump is removed 5-7 days after surgery. “It’s a wonderful device. We have now used it in 20 patients who are at high risk of undergoing elective heart surgery,” he said.

A lifesaving device that’s giving patients in critical need the ability to have a heart procedure.

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