Designed for care of patients with advanced heart failure
Green Bay, Wis. – Advanced heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart is too weak to pump enough blood throughout the body.
For some patients with advanced heart failure, it may be determined their condition is too severe to undergo a typical stenting procedure to increase blood flow. So, how can a patient in these circumstances safely get the care, or more specifically, the stent they need?
Prevea Health interventional cardiologists Drs. Jennifer Davis, Todd Fergus, Simil Gala and Anas Sarhan are now providing a procedure called, “protected stenting” with the Impella® Heart Pump at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. The Impella is the only FDA-approved, non-surgical heart pump proven safe and effective to assist the pumping function of the heart during stent placement and ensure blood flow is maintained to critical organs.
During the protected stenting procedure, an interventional cardiologist uses a catheter to insert the pencil-sized pump into a small incision on the patient’s femoral artery, then advances it through the arteries and into the heart. The pump, referred to by its maker, Ambiomed as “the world’s smallest heart pump,” reduces the workload of the patient’s heart muscle as the interventional cardiologist places the stent.
“It assists the pumping function of the heart to efficiently deliver blood and oxygen to the entire body and ensures blood flow is maintained to critical organs,” said Dr. Gala “This allows us to more safely perform the stenting procedure and better ensure a successful outcome for these patients. Our team is proud to be among the first in Northeast Wisconsin to use this advancement in medicine to care for our patients who are critically ill with heart disease.”
When the support of the pump is no longer needed following the protected stent procedure, the interventional cardiologist will remove it before the patient leaves the hospital.
In addition to stenting, the Impella Heart Pump can also be used when performing procedures such as valve treatment or serve as a bridge to heart surgery on qualifying patients with advanced heart failure. For more information about the Impella Heart Pump, used by Prevea Health interventional cardiologists at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, please visit: www.prevea.com/impella
About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, 835 S. Van Buren St. in Green Bay, Wis., offers a comprehensive range of high-quality health care services. It is home to Green Bay’s first and only dedicated children’s hospital, a Level II trauma center, a Certified Primary Care Stroke Center, state-of-the-art cancer care and research, cardiac care, women’s care and much more. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital has served Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888, when it was established as Green Bay’s first hospital by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. It is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), based in Springfield, Ill. To learn more about HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, please visit: www.stvincenthospital.org
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.