Category: Education


Managing Impella® Position

Using Imaging and the AIC for Positioning Jo Kajewski, an Advanced Impella Trainer, uses the Abiomed® simulator to show what a baseline echo should look like for patients on Impella support and how to handle two Impella positioning alarms using the Automated Impella Controller (AIC) and imaging. A baseline echo for a patient on Impella … Continue reading “Managing Impella® Position”

Impella® Patient Management

Questions to Ask When Caring for an Impella® Patient Jason Richard, an advanced Impella® trainer at Abiomed, reviews questions to ask when taking over care of a patient with an Impella heart pump. Knowing the answers to these questions can make the transition of care safer and smoother for your patients. Which Impella device was … Continue reading “Impella® Patient Management”

How Impella Affects Hemodynamics

Jo Kajewski, Advanced Impella Trainer, gives an in-depth look at how Impella affects a patient’s hemodynamics. Subscribe or join the conversation by following us on Twitter: @ProtectedPCI NPS-535

Publication Review: Amin Analysis on Impella and IABP

Review of Trends, Variation and Outcomes in Impella® Use Dr. Seth Bilazarian, Abiomed’s Chief Medical Officer, provides a review of the observational analysis published in Circulation and presented at AHA 2019 by Amin, et al., comparing Impella to IABP. Dr. Bilazarian notes that the study is an observational, non-FDA audited analysis that is fundamentally flawed … Continue reading “Publication Review: Amin Analysis on Impella and IABP”

Right Heart Hemodynamics

Visualizing Hemodynamics During Biventricular Support Dr. Daniel Burkhoff presents a graphic representation of a HARVI simulated case of biventricular support in a patient with biventricular failure. Using the metrics of central venous pressure (CVP) and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP), he demonstrates the hemodynamic impact of therapies over the course of treatment for this patient. … Continue reading “Right Heart Hemodynamics”

Clinical Paper: Beyond Reperfusion by Jerry Curran

Acute Ventricular Unloading and Cardioprotection During MI Jerry Curran PhD, Senior Scientist at Abiomed, discusses a paper he recently co-authored describing how acute ventricular unloading is fundamentally different from other clinical therapies for attenuating the impact of ischemic-reperfusion (I-R) injury in the setting of myocardial infarction. The paper, co-authored with Dr. Daniel Burkhoff and Dr. … Continue reading “Clinical Paper: Beyond Reperfusion by Jerry Curran”

Impella Support Pre-PCI for AMICS is Associated with Higher Survival in Women

Reference: J Interven Cardiol 2016; 29:248–256. Cardiogenic shock (CS) is the leading cause of death after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and occurs in up to 10% of cases.1 Notably, the incidence of CS is higher in women presenting with STEMI than men (11.6% vs. 8.3%, p < 0.01).2   Previous studies evaluating the impact of CS … Continue reading “Impella Support Pre-PCI for AMICS is Associated with Higher Survival in Women”

Planning for Large Bore Access

Standardize Your Approach to Limit Bleeding Paul D. Mahoney, MD, describes the standardized approach for large bore femoral access at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is the director of the structural heart program. His institution has a large program that performed more than 400 TAVR procedures, 100 MitraClip™ procedures, 100 Watchman™ procedures, … Continue reading “Planning for Large Bore Access”