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Cardiovascular Institute of the South Is First in Baton Rouge to Use New Access Point for Impella Device Implant

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South Is First in Baton Rouge to Use New Access Point for Impella Device Implant


BATON ROUGE- Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) interventional cardiologists Drs. Niksad Abraham and Garland Green are the first in Baton Rouge to perform the first percutaneous Impella implant through a new axillary artery approach near the shoulder. The procedure took place on November 24 at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

Impella, the world’s smallest heart pump, temporarily assists with the pumping function of a heart during a high-risk coronary intervention. The difference in this new procedure is that the access point is near the shoulder as opposed to the groin. It is estimated that less than one percent of interventional cardiologists have developed the meticulous skill set to use this new access point, which offers many benefits and advantages to the patient.

“The Impella is traditionally implanted through the femoral artery of the groin,” explained Dr. Niksad Abraham. “But due to vascular disease the legs, this can be difficult or impossible for some patients, which makes this new access point a breakthrough for patients who need it.”

Founded by Dr. Craig Walker in 1983, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is a world-leader in preventing, detecting and treating cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. CIS offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program with expert physicians trained in many specialties, including internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, lipid management, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease and interventional cardiovascular procedures. CIS has earned international acclaim as a pioneer of research, development and education, as well as an innovator in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. With a dedicated team of more than 850 team members, CIS provides comprehensive cardiovascular care at 20 locations across Louisiana and Mississippi, with nine telemedicine programs. CIS remains at the forefront of technology, providing the highest-quality, compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 37 years of excellence. For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit

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