Use of Impella heart pump for management of women with peripartum cardiogenic shock

Uri Elkayam, Andreas Schäfer, Alaide Chieffo, Alexandra Lansky, Shelley Hall, Zoltan Arany, Cindy Grines

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Background: Percutaneous mechanical circulatory support (MCS), such as the Impella heart pump is a valuable option for cardiogenic shock (CS), although the use of Impella in CS due to peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is limited. Objective: To assess outcomes in women with PPCM supported with an Impella device from the global catheter-based ventricular assist device (cVAD) Registry. Methods and Results: A total of 15 women with PPCM supported with Impella devices between November 2008 and October 2015 were included. Of the 15 women, five were treated at Hannover medical school and have been reported previously, the rest were managed at various US hospitals. The mean age was 30.0 ± 7.34 years, eight women were Caucasian, and seven were African-American. The occurrence of PPCM was post-delivery in eight (53.3%), at delivery in one (6.7%), and during gestation in four women (26.7%). At admission, all women had severe heart failure with a mean ejection fraction of 14.7 ± 6% and 13 women (86.7%) presented with CS. Prior to Impella, 100% were mechanically ventilated, 79% received inotropes/vasopressors, 20% supported with IABP, and 27% received veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) during Impella support. Two women (13.3%) died, and 13 (87.7%) survived to discharge. Eight women (53.3%) had a recovery of native heart function and six (40%) were bridged to durable left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Conclusion: MCS with Impella devices can be successfully used as a bridge to early improvement, heart recovery, or successful implantation of durable LVAD in women with PPCM complicated by severe LV dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)974-981
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2019


  • heart failure
  • Impella heart pumps
  • mechanical circulatory support
  • peripartum cardiomyopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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