DANVERS, Mass., Aug. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Abiomed, Inc. (Nasdaq:ABMD), a leading provider of breakthrough heart support technologies, today reported that physicians have implanted more than 15,000 Impella® pumps in U.S. patients requiring hemodynamic support. The 15,000 th Impella procedure took place at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California with an Impella pump that provided prophylactic circulatory support.
- The Impella 2.5, the World's Smallest Heart Pump, which is inserted percutaneously through a small hole in the leg in the cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab). Once positioned in the left ventricle, the Impella 2.5 delivers peak blood flow of 2.5 liters per minute. It can be used prophylactically to ensure blood flow during other cardiac procedures or it may be used in emergency patients who require circulatory support.
- The Impella CP, which received 510(k) clearance in 2012, is also inserted via the leg in the cath lab. The Impella CP is a percutaneous, catheter-based heart pump designed to provide temporary circulatory support at a higher flow than the Impella 2.5 but with the same delivery system and ease-of-use.
- The Impella 5.0 can be inserted into the left ventricle via femoral cut down or through the axillary artery and provides up to five liters of flow per minute.
- The Impella RP is a percutaneous heart pump that is deployed across the right side of the heart to provide hemodynamic support in patients with right heart failure. The product is not FDA approved but the Company is currently enrolling patients for an Investigational Device Exemption study in the United States.
- Also in development is the Impella pediatric device, which will treat infants and children with heart failure. The Impella pediatric device is not FDA approved.