Impella is the world’s smallest heart pump. It is a percutaneous (through the skin) heart pump that pulls blood from the heart and pumps oxygen rich blood to circulating vital organs in the body, supporting the left side of the heart. The pump can be inserted during a standard heart catheterization procedure through the femoral artery. Several sizes are available, and device selection is based on the specific needs of each patient.
The Impella RP® Catheter pulls blood from the inferior vena cava (large vein that returns blood to the heart), and pumps blood to the pulmonary artery (an artery that delivers blood to the lungs and left side of heart), effectively supporting the recovery of the right side of the heart. The pump can be inserted through a standard heart catheterization procedure via the femoral vein.