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 arent 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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