AACHEN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following consultation with its notified body, MEDCERT GmbH, Abiomed is introducing the single access procedure with Impella CP introducer sheaths for the treatment of heart disease in Europe.
At Abiomed’s European headquarters in Aachen, Germany, Impella heart pumps have been developed and produced for more than 20 years to stabilize and recover the human heart. The single access procedure enables the treating physician not only to place Impella heart pumps in the ventricle via the 14 French Impella CP introducer sheaths, but also to insert other catheters and introducer sheaths. Thus, cardiac interventions such as percutaneous coronary interventions can also be performed via the 14 French Impella CP introducer sheaths.
The single access procedure is already practiced in the U.S., where it was incorporated into Impella CP’s U.S. labeling in January 2020. The confirmation given by MEDCERT GmbH for the single access procedure now gives cardiologists in Europe the option of performing interventional treatments for severe cardiac diseases via just one access site. This method may be beneficial for patients with limited vascular access and may reduce potential complications using only one access site.
As a notified body, MEDCERT Zertifizierungs- und Prüfungsgesellschaft für die Medizin GmbH is an organization designated by Germany, as an EU member state, to determine whether medical devices comply with European directives and regulations. MEDCERT GmbH has now confirmed to Abiomed that the single access procedure is possible in Europe as well.
More than 170,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Abiomed’s small Impella heart pumps. Impella heart pumps promote heart recovery by taking over partial or full pump function of the heart, depending on the pump type, and relieving the ventricle, thereby supporting blood circulation, stabilizing patients’ hemodynamics and improving blood supply to end organs. In this way, Impella heart pumps can promote the regeneration of the heart muscle, and enable patients to enjoy an improved quality of life. The heart pumps are used in emergency medicine as well as in complex coronary interventions.
ABOUT IMPELLA HEART PUMPS
Impella 2.5®, Impella CP®, Impella CP® with SmartAssist® Impella 5.0®, Impella LD® and Impella 5.5® with SmartAssist® heart pumps are CE certified and FDA approved for the treatment of heart attack patients with cardiogenic shock. Impella heart pumps assist in restoring cardiac function so the patient can leave the hospital with their own heart. The Impella 2.5 and Impella CP heart pumps are also approved in certain cases to treat patients with advanced heart failure who need to undergo elective percutaneous coronary interventions, e.g. stent implantation or balloon angioplasty, to reopen blocked coronary arteries. The right ventricular heart pump, Impella RP®, is approved for the treatment of certain patients with right heart failure. For more information about Impella heart pumps and their approved indications, as well as important safety and risk information associated with the use of these devices, please refer to the Instructions for Use or visit: www.heartrecovery.de.
Abiomed Europe GmbH, Aachen / Germany, as affiliate of Abiomed Inc. headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts, USA, is a leading medical technology company in the field of circulatory support. Our products aim to enable heart recovery by improving blood circulation and/or heart pump function. For more information, visit www.heartrecovery.de.
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Dr. Sebastian Heindrichs
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