SUN CITY WEST, AZ (Dec. 15, 2021) – In March, Sean Cannoles was making breakfast for his family, when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest and collapsed. Victoria, his wife, remembered her CPR training and immediately began chest compressions and called 911.
Cannoles was taken to Banner Del E Webb Medical Center where physicians determined he was having a heart attack -- his heart was not effectively pumping blood. Dr. Pradeep Agarwal,interventional cardiologist, implanted Impella®, the world’s smallest heart pump, to temporarily support Sean’s heart and allow it to rest.
Now, Cannoles has made a full recovery and is coming back to thank his life-saving care team on Friday Dec. 17. Because of COVID-19 safety protocols, the reunion will be done in large part virtually.
Media are invited to attend an outdoor briefing by Cannoles, his wife and Dr. Agarwal Friday Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m. Please call (602) 448-8459 for location details. Video and still shots of the reunion will be available to media.
Cannoles, 49, a Sun West City resident, is a husband, father, and meat cutter who was diagnosed in 2017 with a congenital heart defect. This defect caused mitral valve regurgitation, a condition whereby the mitral valve doesn’t close tightly. He underwent open heart surgery to repair his mitral valve and ultimately recovered.
Dr. Agarwal, MD, Cannoles’ interventional cardiologist, inserted a Impella CP heart pump to allow Cannoles’ heart to rest. He was transferred to Banner University in Phoenix for escalated care. After days of support from the Impella CP, Cannoles’ heart recovered enough to function on its own and the Impella was removed. Physicians then implanted a pacemaker and defibrillator and, after spending nearly three weeks in the hospital, Cannoles returned home to his family.
Today, Cannoles appreciates time with his wife and their two daughters. He looks forward to riding his bike again and returning to work.
The Impella heart pump is designed to provide minimally invasive, temporary support to assist the pumping function of the heart, allowing it to rest and potentially recover. The Impella heart pump is the only therapy approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective for heart recovery in patients with advanced, high-risk heart failure patients, or patients in cardiogenic shock due to a heart attack, cardiomyopathy or myocarditis.
Banner Del E Webb’s advanced cardiovascular care treatments can treat patients like Cannoles using the latest technology, including the Impella heart pump. More than 170,000 patients worldwide have benefited from Impella heart pump support. The Impella platform of products are developed and manufactured by Abiomed Inc., based in Danvers, MA.
About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is a community hospital in Sun City West, Arizona. The hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery, heart care, emergency care, cancer care, and obstetrics. Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 30 hospitals in six states. Supporting Banner Del E. Webb’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. For more information, visit bannerhealth.com/webb.