The Impella 5.0 microaxial pump is a miniaturized left ventricular assist device commonly used for circulatory support in acute cardiogenic shock. The catheter-based pump is designed to be inserted either into a peripheral artery or directly into the ascending aorta. We report the first case in which the Impella 5.0 device was placed directly into the ascending aorta via a small right anterior thoracotomy in a patient following acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock.
From the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ USA.
Accepted for publication June 27, 2011.
Disclosure: George P. Batsides, MD, and Mark B. Anderson, MD, have a consulting agreement with Abiomed, Inc., Danvers, MA USA; Daniel C. Choi, MD, declares no conflict of interest.
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