Published on June 10, 2019

Lifesaving Heart Attack Treatment Replicated Nationally

Study at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Shows Increased Survival

Recently, researchers for the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative (National CSI) announced promising findings of a groundbreaking national study, in which Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia participated, on patients with a deadly heart attack complication. Launched in 2016, the ongoing study identified that heart attack victims who suffer from cardiogenic shock survived at significantly higher rates when treated with a specific treatment protocol. Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia were the first sites in the U.S. to enroll patients in the initiative, beyond the original pilot program.

“Mercy is pleased to help move the needle in the survival of severe heart attacks,” said John Finley, MD, interventional cardiologist at Mercy Fitzgerald and leader of the protocol implementation. “We’ve worked together as a team to implement this protocol, and we’re happy to see results in our patients consistent with the best practices being pioneered in this country.”

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia were two of 65 sites enrolled in the National CSI study that showed 72 percent of patients with cardiogenic shock survived their heart attack when treated with the protocol. Previously, typical survival rates from this deadly complication have hovered around 50 percent.

In heart attack patients experiencing cardiogenic shock, the heart is too weak to pump blood to vital organs and the rest of the body. The scenario deprives vital organs of sufficient blood supply, causing them to go into shock and, eventually, cease functioning.

The protocol entails quickly recognizing the condition, then inserting a straw-sized pump into the heart to keep blood flowing throughout the body. The Impella pump, an FDA-approved device, is inserted through a catheter in the groin as soon as the patient arrives at the hospital. Doctors then treat the cause of the heart attack, either inserting a stent, removing a clot or taking other necessary action.

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