New Mexico Heart Institute @ Lovelace Medical Center to conduct heart pump study to help improve recovery following heart attacks

 ALBUQUERQUE – August 15, 2023 – New Mexico Heart Institute/Lovelace Medical Group (NMHI) plans to study the Impella CP®, an FDA-approved heart pump, in patients who have experienced heart attacks in cardiogenic shock, to learn how the pump may help improve recovery. NMHI will be the first site in the United States to conduct this study.

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, happens when a part of the heart muscle does not get enough blood. Cardiogenic shock occurs when the heart is not pumping enough blood to the rest of your body. Usually, a heart attack is treated by a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in which a thin tube (catheter) is placed  through a blood vessel in the patient’s arm or leg to open an artery that is blocked near the heart. In patients with heart shock, the additional use of a temporary heart pump can move blood to the rest of the body before, during and after the PCI.

“The RECOVER IV Trial is an important study in the treatment of cardiogenic shock,” said Dr. Mark Bieniarz, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, interventional cardiologist with NMHI. “We are grateful that New Mexico Heart Institute was selected to participate. Our participation will help us improve our community’s heart care and help improve lives following a heart attack.”

The Impella CP is inserted into the leg artery through a catheter and advanced through blood vessels into the main pumping chamber of the heart. It then helps move blood to the rest of the body. The pump stays in place for at least 24 hours and is removed as a doctor sees fit. Eligible patients will be randomly assigned to receive standard heart attack care with or without the Impella CP.

The RECOVER IV Study will be conducted during emergency medical situations and will help improve emergency care medicine that could not otherwise happen. The study follows a special set of guidelines that allow patients to be included in studies like this without consent under carefully controlled circumstances.

This study is sponsored by Abiomed, Inc. of Danvers, MA. Doctors and researchers in over 50 hospitals across the United States and Europe plan to enroll at least 560 patients into RECOVER IV. The study is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and an independent institutional review board (IRB). It will be monitored by an independent group of experts.

Community members can learn more about the RECOVER IV Study at and may opt out of potential future enrollment if they wish to do so at


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