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Cardiologist Performs Cardiac Stent Procedure Using World’s Smallest Heart Pump
Deval Mehta, MD, FACC has performed the first coronary stent procedure at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South using the Abiomed Impella, the world’s smallest heart pump.  Smaller than the width of a pencil, the device can be inserted through an artery into the heart to augment the pumping of the heart during cardiac stent procedures.

“Using this supplemental pump allows patients whose hearts have poor pumping function to undergo a catheterization and restore blood flow in the heart,” explained Dr. Mehta.  “Previously, these patients would not have been a good candidate for catheterization.”
Additionally, the Abiomed Impella offers several options for access to the heart and does not require multiple large bore entry ports.

Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure that detects blockages in blood vessels in the heart and throughout the body and clears those blockages using angioplasty and stents to restore critical blood flow.  Cardiovascular catheterization interventions are considered a safe and effective, minimally invasive treatment to open blocked arteries. 

When a heart attack is diagnosed, an emergency catheterization and angioplasty is performed to open an artery in the shortest possible time and thus minimize the damage to the heart muscle.

Barbara Willis, RN, administrative director of cardiovascular services at Texas Health Huguley Hospital said, “Texas Health Huguley Hospital has been designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center and received the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry.  These recognitions demonstrate that Texas Health Huguley Hospital has achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who suffer from heart disease.”

Dr. Mehta joined the Texas Health Huguley office of Fort Worth Heart in 2008.  He offers endovascular treatment of blocked arteries for peripheral, renal and carotid artery disease.

“Texas Health Huguley is committed to providing advanced care and the best options to improve patient care and safety.  The skills and expertise of our physicians provide a high level of care that benefits our community,” said Tammy Collier, RN, FACHE, vice president of patient care services.