Baptist North Mississippi First in Region to Use New Heart Pump Implant

Physicians at Baptist North Mississippi recently performed the region’s first Impella RP heart pump implant for right heart support.

“The need for right-sided heart support is rare but for some patients, it can make the difference between life and death,” said Dr. Kevin Hall, an interventional cardiologist with Stern Cardiovascular. “I am grateful that we can offer the most advanced treatment options for heart failure patients at Baptist North Mississippi.”

The Impella RP heart pump is the only heart pump approved by the Food and Drug Administration to provide temporary circulatory support for patients experiencing right heart failure or decompensation after heart attack, heart transplant, open-heart surgery and in combination with a left ventricular assist device. The Impella RP heart pump implant can also be used in patients who experience right heart failure because of COVID-19 complications.

Patients experiencing right heart failure present with leg and ankle swelling due to pressure in the veins from blood not pumping to the lungs.