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 utilization of certain techniques and devices may circumvent such medical challenges. Patients too weak for surgery who undergo a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), for example, have been treated in conjunction with the placement of Impella® .
One case of a 73-year-old woman whose heart was too weak for surgery but required the clearing of arterial blockages had Impella® perform the work for her heart during the placement of a metal stent in her arteries. According to the case, the woman’s physical activity increased dramatically following the procedure and her blood sugar levels returned to normal.
While these benefits may be a result of the PCI, Impella® made the procedure possible. Thus, the further study and consideration for Impella in high-risk heart patients may be essential for improving patient care and quality of life following surgery.
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