IS case 470: Impella ventricular assist device
Imaging Sciences URMC 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-30
Impella ventricular assist device
Ventricular assist devices are designed to:
The Impella ventricular assist device is a relatively new circulatory aid.
* Distal end with pigtail is within the left ventricle and contains inflow tract for pump. * Proximal end of thick (12Fr) portion is within the aorta and contains outflow tract for pump. * The thick part of the device contains a pump that offloads up to 2.5 L minute from the left ventricle.
Insertion of the device is less traumatic than standard ventricular assist device.
- Meyns B, Dens J, Sergeant P, et al. Initial experiences with the Impella device in patients with cardiogenic shock - Impella support for cardiogenic shock. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2003 Dec;51(6):312-7. PMID: 14669126