The Impella device temporarily relieves the heart’s pumping function and provides the time needed to initiate life-saving interventions. This allows the patient’s heart to rest and recover, potentially avoiding further procedures and/or heart transplants. Ultimately, utilizing the Impella means a better quality of life for patients.
The device is inserted in a cardiac catheterization lab via the femoral artery, located in the thigh, into the left ventricle. The procedure lasts just a few minutes, and up to 2.5 liters of blood are delivered by the pump from the left ventricle into the ascending aorta, providing the heart with active support.
The Impella received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration in June of 2008 and has since been used to treat more than 4,000 patients in the United States. CIS and Lane Regional Medical Center add to the growing number of health care institutions that are committed to optimal heart recovery and returning patients home with their native hearts. CIS & Lane continue to fulfill our mission by providing the latest technology & highest quality, world-class care to each patient.
“Impella adds to one of the many firsts in the Baton Rouge region that our team has performed,” said Dr. Thekkoott. “Using this technology has brought us to a new level with a world-class cardiac catheterization laboratory that provides exceptional and superior care to our patients.”
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a CIS cardiologist, you may call CIS at 1-877-654-1550.
CIS is one of the most respected groups of cardiologists, representing nearly every specialty in heart and circulatory medicine. With a team of nearly 450 dedicated team members, CIS serves communities throughout Louisiana, as well as national and international patients, at its 12 clinics. CIS consistently positions itself at the forefront of technology by providing the most up-to-date technology coupled with compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 27 years of service to south Louisiana. For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit www.cardio.com.
Celebrating 50 years, Lane Regional Medical Center has experienced a phenomenal evolution, growing from a 40-bed hospital in 1960 to the 141-bed regional facility it is today. The not-for-profit Lane Regional Medical Center offers a full range of in-patient services, such as cardiology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics/newborn, and rehabilitation care. Lane also provides a variety of outpatient services, including physical, speech, occupational and respiratory therapies, day surgery, home health, sleep studies, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, wound care, and easy access to a full range of laboratory and imaging needs, such as MRI, CT scans, mammography and bone density. Lane boasts a local network of more than 160 dedicated physicians and 750 caring staff members. For a physician referral, please call 654-LANE (5263), or visit the website at LaneRMC.org.