Hackensack University Medical Center was the first hospital in the U.S. to perform procedures using the Impella 5.5 and is involved in pioneering research and advanced clinical trials.
In October 2019, Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center became the first hospital in the U.S. to successfully perform a cardiovascular surgery procedure using the new Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist technology. Only a few hospitals in the country has access to this new device, Hackensack University Medical Center has been involved in prospective research and will soon launch a clinical trial to study patient outcomes after device implantation.
Increased Benefits to Patients
The Impella 5.5, which is the newest and most powerful of five heart pump devices manufactured by Abiomed, is being introduced in the U.S. through a controlled rollout at select hospitals with established heart recovery protocols.
The device received pre-market approval (PMA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat cardiogenic shock, a severe condition that can occur after a heart attack, open-heart surgery, or as a result of cardiomyopathy. The cardiogenic shock causes the heart to be too weak to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs effectively. At Hackensack University Medical Center, physicians in our Acute Cardiogenic Shock Program — which incorporates the expertise of interventional cardiologists, heart failure specialists, and cardiac surgeons — use the device to rest the heart and allow it to recover after cardiogenic shock. The Impella 5.5 temporarily assists the pumping function of the heart and can be used for up to 14 days, ensuring that the heart can pump enough blood for the body while reducing strain on the heart during recovery.