News | June 04, 2015

Beaumont Hospital Offers New Device for Right-Side Heart Failure Patients

Seventy-two-year-old patient becomes first in Michigan to receive Impella RP pump

Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Impella RP, right-side heart failure, Abiomed

June 4, 2015 - Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is one of the first centers in the United States to use a new minimally invasive heart pump designed to provide temporary support for patients with severe right-side heart failure.

The Impella RP device provides circulatory assistance for up to 14 days for patients who develop severe right heart failure following heart attack, open-heart surgery, heart transplantation or left ventricular assist device implantation.

Beaumont, Royal Oak interventional cardiologist Ivan Hanson, M.D., and heart surgeon Jeffrey Altshuler, M.D., performed Michigan's first commercial implant of the new device on March 26, in a 72-year-old man from Detroit.

"The Impella RP is a tremendous advance for patients who develop acute right heart failure," says Simon Dixon, M.D., chair of cardiovascular medicine, Beaumont Health System. "Until now, there have been few options for these critically ill patients other than a surgically implanted ventricular assist device. This revolutionary technology provides a minimally invasive approach to support and bridge these patients until the right heart has had time to recover."

According to James Goldstein, M.D, a Beaumont cardiologist and pioneer in the field of heart attack involving the right heart, "This device has the potential to stabilize a patient in a life-threatening situation and give them hope for recovery without further interventions."

The Impella RP is implanted in the right side of the patient's heart via a very small incision in the femoral vein in the leg. Once positioned, the heart pump draws blood from the inferior vena cava, the major vein that drains to the heart, into the main pulmonary artery in the lungs, resting the patient's right pump, or ventricle.

The device can only be used for patients in the hospital and is removed when the physician determines that the right side of the patient's heart has recovered.

In clinical research studies, the Impella RP helped improve heart function in patients by allowing their right heart to rest and recover. Some patients became candidates for permanent heart pumps. Others were able to avoid major operations such as open-heart surgery. In a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved clinical trial of the device conducted in 2014, approximately 3 out of 4 patients treated with the device survived for either 30 days or to hospital discharge. The device was successfully implanted in 9 out of 10 patients.

The Impella RP was developed by Abiomed Inc., based in Danvers, Massachusetts.

For more information: www.abiomed.com

Related Content

Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for Less-Invasive Heart Pump Implant Procedure
Technology | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | July 17, 2018
Medtronic plc recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a less-invasive implant approach...
CorWave's Next-generation Neptune LVAD Receives Funding

Image courtesy of CorWave

News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | July 11, 2018
French-based CorWave announced that its CALYPSO program has received 14 million euros to develop CorWave Neptune, a new...
Abbott Recalls the HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System, LVAD
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | May 23, 2018
Abbott has initiated a Class I recall of the HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System due to a malfunction in the...
FDA Approves Abiomed Impella CP With SmartAssist and Optical Sensor
Technology | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | April 02, 2018
Abiomed Inc. announced that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pre-Market Approval (PMA) for its...
Reduced Device Clotting, Decreased Strokes Seen With HeartMate 3 at Two Years
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | March 13, 2018
At two years of follow-up, severely ill patients with advanced heart failure who received a novel heart pump fully...
Medtronic HeartWare HVAD System Approved for Destination Therapy
Technology | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | October 04, 2017
October 4, 2017 — Medtronic received U.S.
Abiomed Receives FDA PMA Approval for Impella RP for Right Heart Failure
Technology | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | September 28, 2017
Abiomed Inc. recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pre-market approval (PMA) for the Impella RP ...
Abbott Receives FDA Approval for HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System
Technology | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | August 29, 2017
Abbott announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Full MagLev HeartMate 3 Left...
Pre-PCI Impella 2.5 Insertion Improves Survival in Left Main Coronary Artery Heart Attacks
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | June 30, 2017
Abiomed Inc. announced the recent publication of a peer-reviewed retrospective study on hemodynamic support with the...
Overlay Init