The Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital Now Performs Cardiac Procedures Utilizing the Impella 2.5 Heart Pump

Spring Hill, Florida (December 22, 2010) – Oak Hill Hospital has announced that the Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital is now performing cardiac interventional procedures using the Impella 2.5 Heart Pump developed by Abiomed. Oak Hill Hospital is the first to have this new capability in the area. It was recently employed at Oak Hill by Mowafak Atfeh, MD, interventional cardiologist, to care for a heart patient at Oak Hill. In the past this patient would have to have been transferred out of our community. 

Dr. Atfeh performed this minimally invasive, catheter based procedure utilizing revolutionary new technology which provides partial circulatory support by a small pump inserted into the heart without the need for any incisions. This device supplements traditional coronary angioplasty for patients who are considered too high-risk for cardiac bypass surgery given their current health condition. 

The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved Impella 2.5 device temporarily unloads the workload on the heart while assisting the heart’s own natural pumping function. This helps to provide adequate blood flow and organ profusion needed to perform these potentially life-saving cardiac procedures. 

As a state-of-the-art cardiac facility, the Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital now offers high-risk surgical patients the opportunity to undergo a less invasive procedure to improve their quality of life, which may not have been otherwise possible. This new technology is now part of the comprehensive cardiovascular and heart recovery program provided to the area by the Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital.

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