Abiomed, Opsens to upgrade Impella device
Impella heart pump manufacturer Abiomed has partnered with Opsens to integrate its fiber optic sensor into the Abiomed catheter to provide blood pressure measurements.

According to Danvers, Mass.-based Abiomed, the integration will provide a pressure monitoring capability that can help to operate the heart pump. In addition, the integration will provide control during "high-risk and emergent procedures."

Currently, the device is used in more than 1,600 U.S. patients and 3,000 worldwide.