Baton Rouge’s First Procedure Using New Device to Treat Coronary Artery Disease

26-Nov-2013 Baton Rouge, La. – Interventional cardiologists Drs. Satish Gadi and Deepak Thekkoott recently performed the city’s first procedure using ABIOMED’s Impella 2.5 catheter at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

The Impella 2.5 is a minimally-invasive pump catheter that assists in circulating blood through the heart using a special impeller motor during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a non-surgical procedure used to treat blocked coronary arteries caused by coronary artery disease (CAD). During a PCI, a stent is placed to open up the narrowed blood vessels and the Impella 2.5 helps support blood flow while allowing the heart muscle to rest during the procedure.

“For high risk CAD patients, even brief interruptions in blood flow to the heart can sometimes cause complications,” said interventional cardiologist Satish Gadi, MD. “With use of the assistive Impella 2.5 device, our goal is to achieve improved outcomes for patients.”

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is Baton Rouge’s first and only full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About Baton Rouge General’s Heart and Vascular Tower
Baton Rouge General and its heart and vascular tower incorporates comprehensive cardiac and vascular services and specialists and provides care for people throughout our nine-parish metropolitan community. In 2007, Baton Rouge General dedicated its cardiology program to the late Milton J. Womack, Sr., a community leader, philanthropist and founder of Milton J. Womack, Inc. commercial contracting company. Womack suffered from heart disease, and in honor of her husband, Margaret Womack vowed to be an active part in ensuring that the Baton Rouge community have access to the highest caliber of heart care services. Baton Rouge General’s Womack Heart Center and its new heart and vascular tower offers comprehensive specialists, programs and services, and state-of-the-art technology and treatments all under one roof:

  • Full spectrum of multidisciplinary diabetes, lipid, cardiac, vascular and cardio thoracic experts and specialists
  • State-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Technology
    • Cardiovascular Ultrasound
    • Vascular Ultrasound
    • Stress Testing and Nuclear Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Catheterization Labs
  • Dedicated Heart Operating Rooms
  • Expanded Surgical Space including Hybrid Operating Suite for Minimally Invasive Interventions
  • 24 Hour Emergency Room with Specialized Training for Senior Care
  • Comprehensive Stroke Services
  • Fully Monitored Intensive Care and Telemetry Units
  • Cardiovascular Recovery Area
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
  • Limbs for Life Program
  • Screenings and Early Detection
  • Baton Rouge General Fit! Wellness Pilot
  • Prevention Programs, including Smoking Cessation Courses
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