Specialists from the Institute of Heart Diseases at the Medical University of Wroclaw, Poland, were the first in Poland to implant a patient with an Impella 5.5 pump - a modern device that relieves and supports the heart. Thanks to it, they saved the life of a young man who is now waiting for an organ transplant.
Impella is a small device shaped like an elongated tube, which is normally implanted into the left ventricle of the heart through the femoral artery located in the groin. It is usually used when a weakened or damaged organ is unable to work and pump blood on its own. This is most often the case for patients who have suffered cardiogenic shock due to myocardial infarction or acute myocarditis, or are awaiting heart transplantation in serious condition.
- The impella...
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