Intraaortic balloon pump therapy facilitates posterior vessel off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in high-risk patients.


BACKGROUND Displacement of the heart to expose posterior vessels during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) without cardiopulmonary bypass (off-pump CABG, or OPCAB) may impair cardiac function. We used the intraaortic balloon pump (IABP) preoperatively to reduce operative risk and to facilitate posterior vessel OPCAB in high-risk patients with left main… (More)