Impella SmartAssist Platform launches at SCAI, designed to further improve patient outcomes

Abiomed announces that the Impella CP with SmartAssist, which is designed to improve patient outcomes with advanced algorithms and simplified patient management, will be commercially available beginning at the 2019 Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) Scientific Sessions through a controlled launch process at select sites. The majority of Impella CP heart pumps in the U.S. will be transitioned to SmartAssist over the next fiscal year.

Abiomed received U.S. FDA approval for Impella CP with SmartAssist in March 2018. During a limited market release over the past year, more than 1,000 patients at 70 sites have been treated with the SmartAssist platform. These advances in Impella forward-flow heart pump technologies and software are designed to improve ease-of-use and patient management to optimize both survival and heart recovery:

·        Weaning Algorithms to Optimize Survival and Native Heart Recovery: Real-time displays of critical hemodynamic metrics including left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP), mean arterial pressure (MAP), and cardiac power output (CPO). Impella CP with SmartAssist is the only mechanical circulatory support device that calculates and displays LVEDP, MAP and CPO.

·        Easier Management and Repositioning: SmartAssist sensor allows for precise positioning in the aorta and left ventricle and repositioning in the ICU without the need for catheterization lab or ultrasound imaging.

·        Greater Hemodynamic Support: Allows for sustained peak flows of up to 4.3L/minute (>85% of a normal cardiac cycle).

·        Faster, Simplified Impella Console Set Up: Less than 90 seconds.

Access to real-time clinical data has allowed our team to identify best practices for patient management and weaning,” said Hiram Bezerra, interventional cardiologist, University Hospitals, Cleveland, and a participant in the limited market release. “Metrics such as LVEDP, MAP and CPO and the ability to monitor trends on the Impella console allow physicians to utilize this hemodynamic information to optimize heart recovery with objective and quantifiable data to enable clear communication within the shock team.

The SmartAssist platform is complemented by Abiomed’s industry-on-site and on-call support, including the Clinical Support Center, which provides 24×7 expert evaluation of Impella data and collaborative patient care to help improve outcomes.

The SmartAssist platform represents the next generation of heart recovery products,” said Michael R. Minogue, Chairman, President and CEO of Abiomed. “SmartAssist represents Abiomed’s continued commitment to provide world-class innovation and unparalleled service to help physicians, nurses and ICU staff improve patient outcomes for both survival and native heart recovery.