Timing of Impella implantation and outcomes in cardiogenic shock or high-risk percutaneous coronary revascularization

IMPella Mechanical Circulatory Support Device in Italy (IMP-IT) Registry authors

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Objective: To evaluate the role of the microaxial percutaneous mechanical circulatory support device (Impella® pump) implantation pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) versus during/after PCI in cardiogenic shock (CS) and high-risk PCI populations. Background: A better understanding of the safety and effectiveness of the Impella and the role of timing of this support initiation in specific clinical settings is of utmost clinical relevance. Methods: A total of 365 patients treated with Impella 2.5/CP in the 17 centers of the IMP-IT Registry were included. Through propensity-score weighting (PSW) analysis, 1-year clinical outcomes were assessed separately in CS and HR-PCI patients, stratified by timing of Impella support. Results: Pre-procedural insertion was associated with an improvement in 1-year survival in patients with CS due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI) treated with PCI (p =.04 before PSW, p =.009 after PSW) and HR-PCI (p <.01 both before and after PSW). Among patients undergoing HR-PCI, early Impella support was also associated with a lower rate of the composite of mortality, re-hospitalization for heart failure, and need for left-ventricular assist device/heart transplantation at 1-year (p =.04 before PSW, p =.01 after PSW). Furthermore, Impella use during/after PCI was associated with an increased in-hospital life-threatening and severe bleeding among patients with AMI-CS receiving PCI (7 vs. 16%, p =.1) and HR-PCI (1 vs. 9%, p =.02). Conclusions: Our findings suggested a survival benefit and reduced rates of major bleeding when a pre-PCI Impella implantation instead of during-after procedure was used in the setting of HR-PCI and AMI-CS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E222-E234
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2021


  • cardiogenic shock
  • high-risk PCI
  • left ventricular assist device
  • mechanical cardiac support


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