St. David's HealthCare
November 15, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is the second hospital in Texas to participate in the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative (NCSI), a multicenter registry study aimed at increasing survival for cardiogenic shock patients.

While cardiogenic shock is rare, it is becoming more common among Americans. According to the NCSI, the amount of cardiogenic shock cases in the U.S. increased by more than 15,000 between 2009 and 2016. This condition is often caused by a severe heart attack, which stops the heart from pumping enough blood to the body’s vital organs.

“St. David’s North Austin Medical Center has mirrored and will continue to mirror best practices developed in the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative,” Dr. Robert Wozniak, cardiology medical director at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “The pilot study of new treatment protocols increased survival rates from 50 percent to 76 percent. This was, and continues to be, the biggest break-through in cardiogenic shock treatment in over 20 years.”

More than 80 healthcare systems in the U.S. that have adopted the NCSI treatment protocol, which includes use of the Impella heart pump, have requested to join the registry to assist in analyzing patient outcomes.

The NCSI treatment protocol for cardiogenic shock includes the insertion of the Impella heart pump as a first step to continue blood flow and enable the heart to rest and potentially recover. After the pump is placed through a catheter, cardiologists insert a stent to unblock narrowed coronary arteries.

Patients treated at participating NCSI facilities using this protocol will be asked to participate in the NCSI registry. For more information on the NCSI registry, visit

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a 424-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the bariatric center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s HospitalSt. David’s Surgical Hospital, which opened in October 2016, is a campus of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.