SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – The Ingram Heart Center at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) recently introduced the life-saving Impella CP® heart pump to its cardiac catheterization lab. So far, two patients have benefitted from the technology, one of which was an emergent case.
Impella is the world’s smallest FDA-approved heart pump that is used to treat heart attack patients in cardiogenic shock. Impella is also indicated for use during high risk coronary procedures when surgery is not an option. It has the ability to enable native heart recovery, allowing patients to return home with their own hearts.
The Impella CP® heart pump pulls blood from the left ventricle of a patient’s heart through an inlet area near the tip and expels blood from the catheter into the ascending aorta. The device is inserted via a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin.
“The Impella CP® heart pump maintains the heart’s pumping ability when it can’t effectively work on its own. This allows the cardiac team to stabilize the patient while planning the next steps for care,” said Dr. Anthony Cedrone, an interventional cardiologist at the Ingram Heart Center at CTMC.
In addition, the Impella CP® device is approved to treat certain advanced heart failure patients undergoing elective and urgent coronary interventions such as stenting or balloon angioplasty, to re-open blocked coronary arteries.
Earlier this year, CTMC also incorporated the Diamondback 360® Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System that uses a 1.25 mm diamond-coated crown to clear blockages in severely calcified arteries.
“Expanding our cardiac services has been a major priority at CTMC since becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center in 2011,” said CTMC President and CEO Anthony Stahl. “Since then, we have grown by leaps and bounds, introducing a second cath lab and two full-time interventional cardiologists. Adding technology such as the Impella CP® heart pump and the Diamandback 360® device ensures that our patients receive the treatments they need close to home.”
To learn more about the advanced technology offered at CTMC, visit ctmc.org and click on the “Care & Services” tab.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at ctmc.org.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 80,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.