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Cardiovascular

Patients with severe heart disease, including congestive heart failure, heart attack or ST segment elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI) may need a cardiovascular transport. Indiana University Health LifeLine treats and transports these patients to an IU Health facility or the closest, most appropriate facility for immediate advanced cardiovascular care. We provide life-saving procedures to patients in cardiac arrest to increase blood flow to the heart and increase cardiac output. These procedures stabilize the heart during transport. With a unique partnership with the Indiana Blood Center, we are the state’s only critical care transport program with on-site products enabling us to carry blood products on every transport.

Cardiovascular Technologies

IU Health LifeLine has cardiac-specific technology onboard to stabilize the heart, increasing overall outcomes. Specialized equipment used during cardiovascular transports includes:

Ventricular Assistant Device (VAD) is a mechanical pump equipped with a power source that is placed in the heart to:

  • Mimic a healthy heart
  • Support heart function
  • Transfer blood from the lower heart chamber to the body and vital organs

Balloon Pump (CS300) is a catheter-based procedure placed in an artery in the heart to provide:

  • Improved heart function
  • Increased cardiac output
  • Increased blood flow to the heart

Cardiovascular Team

Our clinicians provide comprehensive cardiac care backed by access to the latest in medical research and treatment options. We require the following certifications:

Adult transfer team
Certified Critical Care Flight Nurses (CFRN) 
Certified Flight Paramedics (FPC) 

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