Transbrachial intra-aortic balloon pumping for high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention.

  title={Transbrachial intra-aortic balloon pumping for high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention.},
  author={Konstantinos Aznaouridis and Andro G. Kacharava and Michelle A Consolini and Abarmard Maziar Zafari and Kreton Mavromatis},
  journal={The American journal of the medical sciences},
  volume={341 2},
The beneficial effect of placement of intra-aortic balloon (IAB) pump before revascularization in patients with high-risk coronary anatomy and impaired left ventricular systolic function is documented. However, the conventional insertion of IAB pump via the common femoral artery may be contraindicated or may be even impossible in patients with severe vascular disease. Recently, the percutaneous insertion of IAB via the brachial artery has been shown to be effective and safe in small series of… CONTINUE READING
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