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Genesys Heart Institute introduces new technology to save more lives

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) The world's smallest heart pump is now in use at Genesys to help people with failing hearts who may have no other treatment options except heart replacement surgery.
The Impella catheter-based heart pump device – considered the world’s tiniest mechanical heart pump – is used to treat very high-risk patients with severe heart blockages and severely weakened heart muscles.

This FDA-approved left ventricular assist device is inserted through minimally invasive techniques.

Here is how it works: an Impella catheter, which contains a small heart pump slightly larger in diameter than a drinking straw – is placed into the left ventricle of the heart over a guide wire. The guide wire is removed, and the catheter actively unloads up to 2 liters of blood per minute from the left ventricle into the ascending aorta, easing pressure inside a heart too weak to pump effectively on its own. The pump keeps blood flowing by pulling oxygenated blood out of the left heart chamber and into the aorta for delivery to the rest of the body.

This revolutionary procedure – another life-saving option Genesys offers for critical heart blockages – allows hearts to heal and recover better, and enables patients to undergo needed heart procedures they previously could not tolerate.

Cardiovascular surgeons Marc Silver, MD; and Karsten Fliegner, MD. PhD; along with interventional cardiologist David Dobies, MD; have obtained the training to conduct this procedure. Dr. Silver recently conducted the first case at Genesys. For details, call the Genesys Heart Institute at 888-463-3268.

Genesys Heart Institute earns chest pain center reaccreditation
Genesys is one of only about 375 hospitals in the country, one of only nine in Michigan, and the only hospital in the region to receive the designation as a Chest Pain Center, again.

Earning this status means patients have a 37 percent better chance of surviving a heart attack if they are brought to Genesys.

"Patients with chest pain who come to Genesys can be completely confident they are in the right place to receive the best heart care from a team who meets and exceeds international heart care standards and very stringent quality measures," announces Michael Jule, DO, medical director of Emergency Services at Genesys.

"Measures established by the Society of Chest Pain Centers focus on rapid diagnosis and treatment of heart attack victims.

"Time is tissue," Dr. Jule continues. "Every minute lost in diagnosing heart patients can mean irreparable damage to the heart muscle. Our team of emergency medicine physicians, cardiologists, nurses and clinicians not only must demonstrate advanced clinical skills, but also must continue their cardiac response training in order to care for heart patients."

In addition to its accredited Chest Pain Center, Genesys has taken additional steps to ensure patients with heart problems receive the best care possible. Three years ago, Genesys opened the Paul J. "Rocky" Roll Cardiac Rapid Diagnostic Center to diagnose and initiate treatment for patients with suspected heart disease to help them avoid a heart attack or the progression of heart disease.


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