Impella 5.0, Impella LD VADs Can be Deployed With Small Catheter


April 22, 2009

Abiomed's Impella 5.0 and Impella LD ventricular assist devices are FDA approved for circulatory support of periods up to six hours.

The Impella 5.0 and Impella LD devices are minimally invasive catheter-based pumps, designed to provide temporary circulatory support and reduce the workload of the heart muscle. The pump is approximately the size of a pencil with a small 9 Fr. catheter, which drives up to five liters of blood flow per minute, a flow rate typically adequate to fully support the average adult, the company said.

The FDA approved the VAD in April 2009.