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Troubleshooting Suction Events

How to Utilize the LV Waveform The left ventricular (LV) waveforms displayed on the Automated...

Impella Weaning and Escalation

Best Practices for Patients Supported with Impella® (Part 6) Dr. Behnam Tehrani highlights key consid...

Impella Groin Management

Best Practices for Patients Supported with Impella® (Part 5) In this video, Dr. Behnam Tehrani discus...

Addressing Impella® Alarms

Best Practices for Patients Supported with Impella® (Part 4) Suction, low pulsatility...

Changing the Purge Fluid Bag

Quick Skills Video for Using the Automated Impella Controller This quick skills video demonstrates the procedure for c...

De-airing the Impella Purge System

Quick Skills Video for Using the Automated Impella Controller This quick skills video demonstrates the procedure for...

Changing the Purge Cassette and Fluid Bag

Quick Skills Video for Using the Automated Impella Controller This quick skills video demonstrates the procedure for c...

Transferring to the Standard Configuration

Quick Skills Video for Using the Automated Impella Controller This quick skills video demonstrates the procedure for t...

Dr. Behnam Tehrani Discusses Hemolysis

Best Practices for Patients Supported with Impella® (Part 3) What is hemolysis? How is Impella design...

Impella Waveforms, Positioning, and Repositioning

Best Practices for Patients Supported with Impella® (Part 2) “Position assessment is very important every day,” Dr....

Overview and Initial Management Tips

Best Practices for Patients Supported with Impella® (Part 1) Behnam N. Tehrani, MD, FSCAI discusses...

SmartAssist FAQs

Answering Questions About LV Metrics Jo Kajewski, an Abiomed advanced Impella® trainer, answers some...

Impella Designed for Blood Compatibility

Troubleshooting Suspected Hemolysis In this educational video, Jessica Page, an advanced Impella trai...

LVEDP and Impella SmartAssist Technology

How is the LV waveform derived and LVEDP measured? Jo Kajewski, an Abiomed advanced Impella trainer,...

Weaning with the SmartAssist Platform

How to Use the SmartAssist Trend Screen This video explains how to use the SmartAssist® trend...

Cardiogenic Shock Best Practices

Guidelines for Identifying and Managing AMI Cardiogenic Shock This video reviews...

Understanding the SmartAssist AIC

Locating Key Impella Information on the Placement Screen Jason Richard, an Advanced Impella® Trainer...

Abiomed Automated Impella Controller™ (AIC)

Understanding and Navigating the AIC Placement Screen Do you understand all the elements displayed on the Auto...

Impella Patient Care Nursing Video

Assessing and Maintaining the Impella Access Site Jo Kajewski, an Advanced Impella® Trainer, describes how...

Managing Impella® Position

Using Imaging and the AIC for Positioning Jo Kajewski, an Advanced Impella Trainer, uses the Abiomed...

Nursing Video: Calculating Total Heparin Rate

How to Account for Impella Delivered Heparin When supporting a patient with Impella, it is important to account for th...

Impella® Patient Management

Questions to Ask When Caring for an Impella® Patient Jason Richard, an advanced Impella® trainer at Abiomed, reviews q...

How Impella Affects Hemodynamics

Jo Kajewski, Advanced Impella Trainer, gives an in-depth look at how Impella affects a patient's hemodynamics....

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...

Top Cardiogenic Shock Treatment Objectives and Device Options

What is Cardiogenic Shock? Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the heart can no longer...

Right Heart Hemodynamics

Visualizing Hemodynamics During Biventricular Support Dr. Daniel Burkhoff presents a graphic represen...

Demonstrating Right Heart Hemodynamics

Key to Recognizing Need for Biventricular Support Dr. Daniel Burkhoff walks through a HARVI...

Clinical Paper: Beyond Reperfusion by Jerry Curran

Acute Ventricular Unloading and Cardioprotection During MI Jerry Curran PhD, Senior Scientist at Abio...

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

Reference: J Interven Cardiol 2016; 29:248–256. Card...

Planning for Large Bore Access

Standardize Your Approach to Limit Bleeding Paul D. Mahoney, MD, describes the standardized approach for large bore fe...

Large Bore Femoral and Axillary Closure with Dr. Amir Kaki

Vascular Closure Techniques and Devices Amir Kaki, MD, FACC, FSCAI discusses large bore femoral and...

Alternative Access Sites for Large Bore Procedures with Dr. Raj Tayal

Technical Skills for Advanced Operators Raj Tayal MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI discusses axillary access and other alternative...

Large Bore Access Critical Skills with Dr. Adhir Shroff

Using Multimodality Approach for Femoral Access Adhir Shroff, MD, MPH, presents data supporting a multimodal...

Managing Large Bore Access Complications

Step by Step Approach Paul D. Mahoney, MD, director of the structural heart program at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfo...

Echocardiography for the Impella Heart Pump

Assessing Impella Position with Echo Michael Galvin RDCS, a cardiac sonographer and Abiomed Clinical Support Center Sp...

Importance of Right Heart Catheterization

Dr. Susan Joseph, Advanced Heart Failure Specialist from Baylor University Medical Center, discusses perspectives on management...

Femoral Insertion of Impella 2.5/CP with AIC

This instructional video provides the steps to insert the Impella 2.5® or Impella CP® with the assistance of the Automated Impe...

Dr. Bill O’Neill explains the concept of cardioprotection

What is Cardioprotection? Dr. Bill O’Neill of Henry Ford Health System and co-principle investigator of...

PCI vs CABG in Patients with Unprotected Left Main Coronary Artery Disease

Key TakeawaysThis meta-analysis evaluated 6 randomized controlled trials to determin...

Characteristics of Cardiogenic Shock Subtypes for Guiding Clinical Practice

Key TakeawaysPatients with cardiogenic shock (CS) due to end-stage heart failure (ES...

An Intensivist’s Perspective on Impella Patient Management

Dr. Nate Gilmore discusses his experience as an intensivist supporting patients who arrive in the ICU while on mechanical circu...

The MATRIX Trial: AKI After Radial or Femoral Access for Invasive ACS Management

Key TakeawaysIn a group of patients undergoing radial access, 15.4% developed acute...

Culprit-Lesion-Only PCI Compared with Multivessel PCI is Associated with Better Survival in Multivessel Disease, CS, and AMI

According to findings from a multicenter trial presented by Dr. Holger Thiele, MD, at TCT 2017 (...

Hospitalization Outcomes Among Nonagenarians Undergoing PCI after AMI

Key TakeawaysElderly patients between ages 90 and 99 have a high risk for mortality...

Updates on the Detroit Cardiogenic Shock Initiative: It’s Gone National

Dr. Bill O’Neill of Henry Ford Hospital and Dr. Ted Schreiber of Detroit Medical Center discuss updates on the Detroit Cardioge...

Long-Term Outcomes of PCI Among Elderly and Very Elderly Patients

Key TakeawaysAssessed outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) among eld...

Hemodynamic Benefits of Impella RP® Heart Pump for Right Heart Failure

Dr. William O’Neill and Dr. Mark Anderson, co-principle investigators of the RECOVER-RIGHT clinical trial, and Dr. Seth Bilazar...

Utility of the PAPi for Risk Stratification in the Setting of Acute Inferior Wall Myocardial Infarction

Key TakeawaysThe presence of RV dysfunction increases the risk of CS, high-grade AV-...

Early Invasive Strategy vs Selective Invasive Strategy: Long-Term Follow-Up Data from ICTUS

Key TakeawaysAccording to an analysis of the ICTUS trial, there is no significant lo...

Large Bore Access with Impella CP® and New 25 Centimeter Sheath

Dr. Sahil Parikh draws on his extensive experience to share best practices on large bore vascular access. “I...

Dr. Raja Hatem: Best Practices for Creating an Impactful PowerPoint Presentation

Dr. Raja Hatem has created more than 100 PowerPoint presentations. He explains how to make an impactful PowerPoint for presenti...

Specialist Opinion: Updates on Detroit Cardiogenic Shock Initiative with Michael Hacala

Michael Hacala, Detroit Cardiogenic Shock (DCSI) Coordinator at Henry Ford Hospital. Tune in to hear updates about the program,...

Specialist Opinion: Dr. Perwaiz Meraj

Dr. Perwaiz Meraj of Northwell Health discusses a new study demonstrating potential survival with Impella 2.5®...

Decreased PA Pulse Pressure After PA Catheter Optimization

Key TakeawaysThere are few studies that demonstrate the full impact of pulmonary art...

The Effect of LVAD Unloading on Cardiac Recovery in Patients with Ischemic and Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy

Key TakeawaysMyocardial function improvement following mechanical unloading with dur...

Managing Shock at the “Battlefront” of Surgery

Key TakeawaysDr. Alexander Truesdell of the INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute discu...

Clinical Options for Minimizing Contrast Exposure and Reducing Contrast-Induced Kidney Injury Risk

Key TakeawaysContrast-induced acute kidney injury caused by iodinated contrast mediu...

Safety and Efficacy of PCI with DES vs CABG for Unprotected Left Main Coronary Artery Stenosis

Key TakeawaysThere are conflicting data regarding the benefit of percutaneous corona...

The Impact of Coronary Artery Calcium on Post-PCI Outcomes

Key TakeawaysResearchers examined the impact of coronary artery calcium on post-PCI...

Trends in Cardiovascular Care: Data from the NCDR® Registries

In an effort to improve care quality for patients receiving cardiovascular-related therapies and procedures, the American Colle...

CTO Impact on the Long-Term Prognosis of Ischemic Systolic Heart Failure

Key TakeawaysPrevious studies indicate the presence of chronic total occlusion (CTO)...

CABG SYNTAX for Predicting Post-PCI Events in CAD Patients with Previous CABG

Key TakeawaysThe coronary artery bypass (CABG) SYNTAX score (CSS) was studied to det...

Outcome Differences Among Genders Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Key TakeawaysGender disparities exist in the treatment of patients with cardiovascul...

Impact of PCI vs No PCI Before CABG on Short- and Long-Term Survival

Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is a typical treatment of choice for coronary heart disease (CHD) patients who have previ...

Congratulations to March 2017 Impella Heart Team Certification Program Graduates

The Protected PCI Blogging Team wants to take a moment to recognize the physicians who recently comp...

The Residual SYNTAX Score and Its Impact on Predicting In-Hospital Outcomes in PCI Patients

Key TakeawaysThe SYNTAX score is an angiographic instrument commonly used to grade c...

Optimizing Cardiovascular Care in Accordance with the Body’s Internal “Clock”

Key TakeawaysTiming medical therapy to the body’s circadian rhythms may play a key r...

A Compelling Case for Revascularization: Specialist Opinion by Dr. Marty Leon

Dr. Marty Leon outlines the important role of hemodynamic support for complete revascularization in CHIP patients....

Long-Term Outcomes of 30-Day All-Cause Heart Failure Rehospitalization

Key TakeawaysHeart failure rehospitalization is common among patients aged ≥65 years...

The Impact of Public Reporting for Cardiogenic Shock

Key TakeawaysAn investigative study sought to examine the effect of excluding cardio...

Pitfalls Associated with Public Reporting for PCI Outcomes

Public Reporting Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Outcomes Risk-adjusted mortality reporting (RAMR) following...

PCI with Everolimus Eluting Stents vs CABG for Left Main Coronary Artery Disease: The EXCEL Trial

Key TakeawaysCoronary-artery bypass is a standard treatment of choice for left main...

Complete vs Incomplete Revascularization in Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease

The goal of coronary artery disease (CAD) treatment is coronary revascularization and repair of cardiac perfusion. Subsequently...

Large Datasets and Their Ability to Advance Cardiology

Large-scale data collection has been an increasingly adopted practice in healthcare and clinical trials. The speed at which dat...

The Insertion of Impella 5.0™ in the Right Subclavian Artery for Treatment of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Key TakeawaysIn this study, all patients were in cardiogenic shock and on at least 2...

Mortality Remains High for STEMI Patients Complicated by Cardiogenic Shock

Key TakeawaysEarly reperfusion for STEMI patients complicated by cardiogenic shock r...

CABG Beneficial for Older Patients with Heart Failure and Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

Ten-Year Follow-Up Analysis of STICH TrialKey TakeawaysCABG lowered cardio...

Shining a new light on Left Ventricular Function

At the recent AHA meeting in New Orleans, Niema M. Pahlevan (1), a post doctoral fellow at Cal Tech in Pasadena presented preli...

Patients Too Weak for Surgery May Benefit from Heart Pumps

High-risk heart disease patients who present major abnormalities may be too weak for open-heart surgery; however, the utilizati...

Impella 2.5™ and VA-ECMO Provide Hemodynamic Improvement in Patients with Cardiogenic Shock

Standard treatment of cardiogenic shock often includes the initiation of revascularization and the use of vasoconstrictors, ino...

Hemodynamic Support Provides Benefits in Cardiogenic Shock

Dramatic improvements in interventional techniques have produced advances in almost every aspect of cardiac care over the past...

cVAD Registry Pursues Best Practices for Cardiogenic Shock

Although percutaneous circulatory support has seen exponential growth over the last decade, there is a need for real-world data...

Dr. Elazer R. Edelman: Interventional Innovation is Alive and Well

Is innovation on the decline in interventional cardiology? Since 1980, there have been 10,000 papers on whether there is...

Congratulations to September and October 2016 Impella Heart Team Certification Program Graduates

The Protected PCI Blogging Team wants to take a moment to recognize the physicians who recently completed the "Impella Heart Te...

Congratulations to May and July 2016 Impella Heart Team Certification Program Graduates

The Protected PCI Blogging Team wants to take a moment to recognize the physicians who recently completed the "Impella Heart Te...

Percutaneous Insertion and Removal of Impella® Using the Axillary Artery for Treatment of Advanced Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also referred to as hardening of the arteries, is a vascular disease that occurs in the arte...

How Impella Makes a Difference in Multi-Vessel Disease Patients, Dr. Aaron Grantham

Dr. Aaron Grantham of St. Luke’s Mid American Heart Institute shares an Impella case of an 80 year old woman with 3 vessel dise...

When to consider impella support in patient with complex PCI

At this year’s Hartzler Interventional Cardiology Symposium, Dr. William O’Neill of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital shares a prac...

Ischemic CAD Testing Underutilized in New Heart Failure Patients

Written by Christopher Chalk, DC, MPH Ischemic coronary artery disease (CAD) testin...

When to Support Patients with Complex PCI

At this year's Hartzler Interventional Cardiology Symposium, Dr. William O’Neill of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital shares a prac...

Can I Bill for Daily Management of Impella®?

Question: Are there billable services after Impella® insertion in the cath lab, such as ICU monitoring?...

How Twitter is Influencing Cardiologists

In this JACC contribution...

Hearing that an Impella® Case didn’t get Reimbursed

Q :The CFO at my hospital says that the costs associated with one of the Protected PCI™ cases t...

How Impella 2.5® Provides Hemodynamic Support During Protected PCI

Watch this brief anatomical video to learn how Impella 2.5 provides hemodynamic support during Protected PCI....

Protected PCI Programs: Impella Training for Physicians

High quality training for physicians on the use of Impella® devices is a key component of Abiomed’s Protected PCI™ progr...

How Does the Pressure-Volume Loop Work

Here's an effective online resource to gain a better understanding of cardiac physiology. Watch this video to learn how physiol...

No Re-flow Treatment: Do We Need More?

The Cath Lab Digest (@CathLabDigest)...

The Campeau Radial Paradox: Radial vs. Femoral Access [JACC]

A 2015 paper on the Campeau Radial Paradox in...

Protected PCI Programs: Training with the Impella 2.5™ Heart Pump

Training and education are key components of Protected PCI™ programs using the Impella 2.5™ heart pump....

Study Finds pVADs are Cost-Effective for High-Risk PCI

In the era of increasing healthcare costs, the cost-effectiveness of traditional versus emerging technologies is an ongoing con...

Circulation Editorial Discusses Advances in High-Risk PCI

A recent editorial by Dr. Ted Bass from the University of Florida published in...

High-Risk Percutaneous Coronary Interventions in Modern Day Clinical Practice: Current Concepts and Challenges

The advances of the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure has evolved significantly since the early 1980’s, accord...

Study Shows High-Risk PCI with Impella Improved 90-day Event-Free Survival Compared to IABP

Article Dangas GD, Kini AS, Sharma SK, Henriques JPS, Claessen BE, Dixon SR, Massaro JM, Palacios I, Popma JJ, Ohman E...

Latest Appropriate Use Criteria for Coronary Revascularization Indicate Patients Who Would Benefit from CABG or PCI

The latest update of the appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization by Patel et al. entitled “...

Protected PCI Cases Highlight Day 1 of the 2015 EU Advanced Hemodynamic Course in Frankfurt

The first day of the Advanced Hemodynamic Course hosted by Abiomed was on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. The...

Wall Street Journal Reports on Decline in Inappropriate Stent Procedures

A study, presented at the AHA conference this week, shows that inappropriate stent procedures are on a decline, after physician...

Exclusive: Post-TCT 2015 Q&A with CRF Center for Education Executive Director Joshua Hartman

Last week we highlighted the top tweets from the recent TCT Event and promised an interview with the event planning team. So we...

Hemodynamic Support for High-Risk PCI a Key Focus of TCT 2015

Use of Hemodynamic Support for High Risk PCI was clearly a major focus at TCT 2015 with multiple didactic sessions and multiple...

Abiomed Team Demonstrates Impella at TCT 2015

As part of our coverage and participation at this year’s TCT Conference, our employees are actively demonstrating the Impella c...

TCT 2015 Live Case Demonstrates Success with “Undoable Case”

On Monday afternoon at the TCT Conference, Drs. David Kandzari and Nicholas Lembo from Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, GA...

Protected PCI of 58-year-old Woman Demonstrated at TCT 2015 Live Case

The first full day of the TCT conference kicked off on Monday, October 12. There was a lot of buzz around the convention hall,...

TCT 2015 Session Reviews CHIP Cases with Focus on Technical Issues

Great case base learning session this morning by Dr Manish Parikh from Columbia University Medical...