Healthy Living: Impella Pump
When a patient has a heart attack, doctors are working against the clock.
Cardiologists in major U.S. medical centers are taking part in the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative.
That study is evaluating the best way to use a tiny pump as wide as a straw to keep patients alive.
Courtney Hunter explains in Healthy Living.
Temple was one of 65 hospitals involved in studying the protocol, which took place over three years, primarily treating older males with heart disease.
The Impella pump is FDA-approved and at least one doctor involved in the protocol predicts it could raise the survival rate in heart attack patients by 80%.