Benefits of ambulatory axillary intra-aortic balloon pump for circulatory support as bridge to heart transplant.

OBJECTIVE Axillary intra-aortic balloon pump therapy has been described as a bridge to transplant. Advantages over femoral intra-aortic balloon pump therapy include reduced incidence of infection and enhanced patient mobility. We identified the patients who would benefit most from this therapy while awaiting heart transplantation. METHODS We conducted a… CONTINUE READING