'Smallest Heart Pump' In Hot Springs

February 10, 2012

Abiomed calls the Impella 2.5 the

"World's Smallest Heart Pump."

The St. Joseph’s Mercy Heart and Vascular Center in Hot Springs is now performing cardiac interventional procedures using the Impella 2.5.

St. Joseph’s Mercy celebrates national Heart Month as Mercy Interventional Cardiology is the first in the region with this capability.

 “It basically does the pumping work for the heart. It pumps the blood out of the heart and into the body,” said Mercy Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Srinivas Vengala about the Impella 2.5, which Abiomed calls “The World’s Smallest Heart Pump.”

The minimally-invasive, catheter-based procedure utilizes revolutionary new technology which provides partial circulatory support by a small pump inserted into the heart without the need for any incisions. The device supplements traditional coronary angioplasty for patients who are considered too high-risk for cardiac bypass surgery given their health condition.

During the procedure, a thin catheter is put in a vessel in the groin. Doctors run it all the way up through that vessel and into the heart. On the catheter is a tiny pump that helps make sure enough blood is being pumped out of the heart, bringing all the organs enough oxygen. This is attached to a machine next to the patient.

The device temporarily unloads the workload on the heart while assisting the heart’s own natural pumping function, helping to provide adequate blood flow and organ perfusion needed to perform these potentially life-saving cardiac procedures.

“It supports the heart after the heart attack to recover faster and better,” Dr. Vengala said. “This pump allows our doctors to perform complex interventional procedures in patients who were not good candidates for surgery.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy announces credential additions to the Mercy Heart and Vascular Center:

  • Dr. Vengala is now board certified in Interventional Cardiology, General Cardiology and Echocardiography.
  • Dr. Oyidie Igbokidi is now board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and General Cardiology.
  • And Invasive Cardiologist Dr. Bhavna Mohandas is now board certified in General Cardiology and Echocardiography.

St. Joseph’s Mercy was the presenting sponsor of the 2012 American Heart Association Hot Springs Heart Ball on Feb. 4 at Hot Springs Convention Center.

The Mercy Heart and Vascular Center features Dr. Frederick Heinemann, Dr. H. Joe Howe, Dr. Stanley Joseph, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Oyidie Igbokidi, Dr. Srinivas Vengala and Dr. Bhavna Mohandas. Mercy patients have access to MyMercy, which makes patients personal health records available to them via their personal computer or smart phone.

St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 27 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888. It is designated as the southwest region’s only Level II Trauma Center and the region’s most preferred provider of health care services. On April 30, St. Joseph’s Mercy will become Mercy Hospital Hot Springs.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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