Fort Walton Beach, FL - Fort Walton Beach Medical Center performs the first Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedure using the Impella pump (world’s smallest heart pump). Fort Walton Beach, June 17, 2015 Yesterday, Dr. Al-Dehneh at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center performed the first Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedure using the Impella pump (world’s smallest heart pump), which essentially serves as an artificial heart for a patient undergoing a high risk PCI procedure. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Dr. Al-Dehneh, is the first hospital and first physician in the Tri-County area to perform this procedure using the Impella pump.

PCI is performed on patients with severe coronary artery disease. Use of the Impella pump in these patients may prevent hemodynamic instability that may occur during planned temporary coronary occlusions and may reduce peri- and post-procedural adverse events. The Impella pump is the only FDA-Approved percutaneous hemodynamic support device determined to be safe and effective for the high risk PCI indication. The way the pump works – it is inserted through a small hole in the leg, up through the aorta into the left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber of the heart. It then pumps blood to the heart.

“This patient could not have the surgery she needed without this pump,” said Dr. Al-Dehneh. “I am very fortunate to have Fort Walton Beach Medical Center here to provide me the technology and the heart team necessary to perform such delicate cases for patients with severe coronary disease. They are literally helping me save lives.”

“Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is the only hospital in the Tri-County area qualified to perform open-heart surgery (by Dr. Eric Sandwith), first in the area to use the Impella pump and the first to perform an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure which is a procedure that closes holes in the chamber of the heart. These new technologies and procedures make Fort Walton Beach Medical Center the leader in Heart Care for our Tri-County communities.” said Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.