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Orange Regional Medical Center Saves Patient’s Life with Smallest Heart Pump

March 11, 2016

(Middletown, NY) –  On February 23, Orange Regional Medical Center held a Celebration of Life, honoring local cardiac arrest patient, Kelly Krzyzak from Fair Oaks, whose life was saved in the Emergency Department using the world’s smallest heart pump. Abiomed, Inc., the maker of the Impella heart pump, sponsored the celebration which was attended by Mrs. Krzyzak, her family and friends, as well as the Orange Regional cardiology clinicians and staff who took part in saving her life.

“It was truly an honor to be a part of this celebration. Saving lives is what we do and we have a great team at Orange Regional,” said Orange Regional Director of Cardiology Services, Mary Kate Revella. “We are really making a difference in our community and I couldn’t be more proud.”

On February 6, 2015, Mrs. Krzyzak, who had no history of heart complications, arrived at Orange Regional where physicians confirmed she was in cardiac arrest. Interventional Cardiologist, Apurva Motivala, MD was on call and knew Mrs. Krzyzak needed immediate treatment. Dr. Motivala implanted the Impella heart pump to support her heart while he placed three stents. “I cannot thank the Orange Regional staff enough. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them,” said Mrs. Krzyzak.

Mrs. Krzyzak is currently awaiting a heart transplant.

For information on Orange Regional Medical Center’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center, please visit www.ormcheartcare.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About the Impella Heart Device

The Impella is the world’s smallest heart pump, and is smaller than the width of a pencil. It can be inserted percutaneously (without surgery) through a small hole in the leg, up through the aorta into the left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber of the heart. The Impella offers Protected Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedures for advanced heart failure and heart disease patients. Protected Percutaneous Coronary Intervention is a heart procedure that involves a ventricular assist device that is used in order to treat patients with cardiovascular disease, including advanced heart failure. Impella 2.5 is the only FDA-approved percutaneous hemodynamic support device determined to be safe and effective for the treatment of elective and urgent high risk patients.

About the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center

The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive cardiac services to our community. We were the first hospital in Orange County, New York to offer diagnostic, emergency and elective angioplasty to the community and surrounding areas. The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center and provides access to experienced cardiovascular specialists educated at some of the nation’s most renowned academic centers such as, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Additionally, our program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and a knowledgeable, dedicated cardiac staff trained in the latest cardiovascular procedures. Our wide range of services include elective and emergency angioplasty, advanced cardiac testing and rehabilitation, electrophysiology and implantable pacemakers and a variety of related cardiology and educational services. We also offer a mobile heart program focused on prevention and early detection of heart problems. To learn more, visit www.ormcheartcare.org.

(From L to R): Kelly Krzyzak with Interventional Cardiologist Apurva Motivala, MD; Edward Schuk, Cardiovascular Technologist, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab); Colleen Culwell, RN, Interventional Radiology; Suthida Allen, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab; Cynthia Lavell, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab; and Karen Cole, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab.
(From L to R): Kelly Krzyzak with Interventional Cardiologist Apurva Motivala, MD; Edward Schuk, Cardiovascular Technologist, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab); Colleen Culwell, RN, Interventional Radiology; Suthida Allen, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab; Cynthia Lavell, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab; and Karen Cole, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab.

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