Left ventricular assist device bridge therapy for acute myocardial infarction.

@article{Park2000LeftVA,
  title={Left ventricular assist device bridge therapy for acute myocardial infarction.},
  author={Soon Joo Park and Duc Quang Nguyen and Alan J. Bank and Sophia Ormaza and Ralph Morton Bolman},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2000},
  volume={69 4},
  pages={1146-51}
}
BACKGROUND Patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) complicated by cardiogenic shock have a high mortality rate. Current treatment modalities remain suboptimal for these patients. METHODS From April 1995 to March 1998, 7 patients were identified as having AMI associated with cardiogenic shock. All received intraaortic balloon pump assistance, in addition to maximal inotropic support. RESULTS The mean preoperative cardiac index was 2.0+/-0.3 L/min/m2 and pulmonary capillary wedge… CONTINUE READING

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