Features August 2015 Issue

Balloon Pump May Help Patients With Cardiogenic Shock

Balloon Pump May Help Patients With Cardiogenic Shock

Cleveland Clinic study finds that certain heart attack patients with severely damaged hearts face lower in-hospital mortality odds with the pumps.

One of the most serious types of heart attacks is an ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI. In simplest terms, STEMI results from a prolonged blockage of blood flow to the heart. These types of heart attacks can be deadly. Even when they arenít they often leave a heart so badly injured, it can no longer supply enough blood to all the organs and tissue of the body. This result is called cardiogenic shock.

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