UH Case Medical Center first in Ohio to implant new ventricular assist device

Thursday, June 04, 2015
CLEVELAND — University Hospitals Case Medical Center physicians in the Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute were the first in the state of Ohio to implant a revolutionary device to treat right ventricular heart disease.
The Impella RP, made by Abiomed, addresses an unmet need of treating right heart failure in the setting of right ventricular (RV) infarction or after complex heart surgery including heart transplant. The device allows the right side of the heart to recover without the upfront need for invasive surgical intervention.

University Hospitals’ multidisciplinary team including interventional cardiologist M. Najeeb Osman, MD, Chief, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Intensive Care Unit and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and cardiac surgeon Benjamin Medalion, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine, led a collaborative heart team in the catheterization lab during the first implantation at UH.

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