Healthy Living: TandemLife Surgery
New technology is allowing cardiologists to do lifesaving procedures on high risk patients too sick to undergo open heart surgery.
The heart lung catheter system called TandemLife works to pump blood to keep the body functioning while doctors stabilize patients.
Cardiologists can put the TandemLife system in place before the procedure for high-risk patients like Ann.
But Dr. Lotun says it’s always in the CATH lab and can be activated in five to ten minutes if the need arises during other procedures.