Mar 6, 2014 1:51 PM by David Randall

Cutting edge heart help

Manuel Bizarro went to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts last September for what he thought was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Instead, the 74-year-old man had a massive heart attack.

He was then transferred to nearby Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.

"And despite all available conventional treatments, angioplasty, putting a special pump in his body, giving all kinds of medication, being on a ventilator, he was not getting better," said Dr. Iraklis Gerogiannis.

Bizarro was having one to two heart attacks a day for several days.

"And we were at the point that things were looking grim," Gerogiannis said.

Then a new device came to mind.

"I explained to him that this is something new. This is something cutting edge. And I thought this would give him a chance," Gerogiannis said.

It's called the Impella 5.0. It's an implantable catheter that replaces 100 percent of the heart's function.



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