Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Delivers New Game-Changing Technology for Advanced Heart Failure Patients with Coronary Artery Disease

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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is one of the first in the area to offer a protected heart procedure for advanced heart failure patients with coronary artery disease.

Dr. Ketal Chauhan

Without the Impella heart pump, my patient would not have qualified for the procedure.

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is one of the first in the area to offer a protected heart procedure for advanced heart failure patients with coronary artery disease. Known as a Protected Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), the Impella 2.5, is the world’s smallest heart pump.

During a protected PCI procedure, the Impella 2.5 heart pump helps maintain a stable heart function by pumping blood for the heart. This gives a weak heart muscle an opportunity to rest and reduces the heart’s workload, preventing the heart from being overstressed by the procedure as coronary artery blockages are repaired. “With the Impella heart pump, we are able to offer our patients, whom otherwise were determined to be inoperable or non-candidates for stents and angioplasty, this life-saving procedure,” said Deborah Moore, RN, RCIS, Director of Interventional Cardiology at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

On September 24, Dr. Ketal Chauhan, a board certified Interventional Cardiologist, utilized the Impella heart pump to enable a patient with severe coronary artery disease to have stent placement to open the patients arteries and restore blood flow to the heart. “Without the Impella heart pump, my patient would not have qualified for the procedure,” said Dr. Chauhan. “Her heart was simply too weak to pump blood during the treatment process. The Impella heart pump made it possible for her to have this life-saving treatment.”

The Impella 2.5 recently received expanded FDA approval and is the only hemodynamic support device proven safe and effective for this patient population.

The award winning Heart and Vascular Program at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is the only comprehensive cardiac program in Central and East Pasco. This program provides services ranging from routine cardiac screenings and pulmonary rehab to open heart procedures and minimally invasive valve repair. The hospital has been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for heart attack and heart failure and is the only Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI in East and Central Pasco.

For more information about the hospital’s heart program, visit HeartExpertsPasco.com.

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and HealthGrades for excellence in providing top quality patient care with special emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Program has received recognition in the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings, including orthopedic services such as hip and knee replacement and advanced MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee and total hip replacement. The Women’s Health Center offers comprehensive services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers 24/7 emergency services including a “fast track” option, imaging services and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit FHZeph.org for more information.

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