On October 16, 2019, Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack University Medical Center performed its first cardiovascular surgery procedures using a new heart pump called the Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in the country that currently has access to this new technology, and the first hospital in the U.S. to successfully perform procedures using the device.

“Adding the Impella5.5 with SmartAssist technology to our cardiovascular offerings means we can provide a new option to patients whose hearts are too weak to effectively pump blood on their own after a heart attack. This gives severely ill patients the best chance to recover their native heart and return home with a good long-term quality of life,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

The Impella 5.5 is being introduced in the U.S. through a controlled rollout at select hospitals with established heart recovery protocols. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in the northeastern U.S. that is participating in this controlled rollout.

“At Hackensack University Medical Center, we provide leading-edge cardiovascular care — and the Impella 5.5 represents another pioneering, life-saving treatment option we can offer to our patients before it is available at other hospitals in the region,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive at Hackensack University Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Population Health at Hackensack Meridian Health.

The Impella 5.5 recently received pre-market approval (PMA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of cardiogenic shock. Cardiogenic shock is a serious condition that occurs when a patient’s heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet his or her body’s needs. Cardiogenic shock can happen after a heart attack or open heart surgery, or result from a condition called cardiomyopathy.

“A minimally invasive, forward flow, fully unloading heart pump that is designed for surgery is game changing,” said Mark Anderson, M.D., chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and cardiothoracic surgeon at the Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health. “This gives cardiac surgeons a new and potentially better option that can provide the benefits of heart recovery to some of our sickest patients.”

The Impella 5.5 device — which is a short-term left ventricular assist device (LVAD) — temporarily takes over the pumping function of the heart and can be used for up to 14 days, ensuring that the heart can still pump enough blood for the body while reducing strain on the heart during recovery.

“This minimally-invasive treatment option enables a patient’s heart to rest and ultimately recover, improving the patient’s long-term quality of life compared to other therapies,” said Joseph Parrillo, M.D., chairman of the Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.

To date, four patients have received the Impella 5.5 at Hackensack University Medical Center. They are recovering as expected following the procedure. Hackensack University Medical Center physicians said that the Impella 5.5 was the “best option” to promote each patient’s recovery after cardiogenic shock.

Source: Company Press Release