VBMC doctors demonstrate Impella heart pump

Medical professionals gathered Friday at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen to see demonstrations of the Impella, a heart pump which has been in use about a year.

The Impella is used for people suffering a heart attack and is designed to keep blood flowing while doctors perform angioplasty to open clocked arteries.

At the demonstration, interested parties watched as a catheter with the pump was inserted into models through the leg, the thoracic cavity and into the heart.

In a real-life situation, the pump is used to suction blood from the heart relieving some of the pressure.

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