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World's smallest heart pump at Spohn Shoreline

Posted at 3:30 PM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 16:30:33-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A lab on wheels that helps spread the word about the world's smallest heart pump was at Spohn Shoreline today.

It's called the Impella device.

It's the only minimally invasive heart pump approved by the FDA.

This tiny heart pump has been around for about 10 years.

It's designed to recover heart muscle function in case of a heart attack.

“Our patient population in South Texas has a lot of coronary artery disease and often times people find themselves needing stents and angioplasties in their heart.” said nurse Cory Forbus.

“This is a good way to make sure that the heart is supported while they're having that done.”

The Impella mobile learning lab helps keep hospital staff and physicians up to speed on the technology behind the heart pump.