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Max doctors use world’s smallest heart pump to save 70-year-old’s life

Bathinda , February 27: A 70-year-old female got a new lease of life after world’s smallest pump ‘Impella’ was used to support her heart pumping mechanism while removing her heart veins blockage at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Bathinda recently.
Giving information, Dr. Rohit Mody director & HOD cardiology at Max said that the patient came to emergency with cardiogenic shock.
‘Impella’ is a miniature heart pump which is used to support the heart’s function during critical procedures when the biological heart function is low and multiple stenting is required.
Dr. Mody further said that patient heart function (LVEF) was just 10-15 percent and her angiography revealed left main disease (LM) with triple vessel disease (TVD).
In such cases, CABG , bypass surgery or multi-vessel angioplasty with mechanical circulatory support is effective therapy as an alternative to surgical revascularization in selected patients with triple-vessel coronary artery disease.
We decided to perform a procedure with the help of a mechanical circulatory support device ‘Impella’ , he maintained.
‘Impella’ is a niche but very effective device in patients with poor heart function. Its support also helps to maintain hemodynamic stability and provides left ventricular unloading during the procedure reducing long-term incidences of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events, informed Dr. Mody
The procedure is done through the femoral artery and the functioning of all vital organs was restored. The female was discharged after one week in a stable condition & she has now recovered completely and is leading a normal life.

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