Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps

Intra-aortic balloon pumps have been used empirically for decades for cardiogenic shock in acute myocardial infarction and this study again finds no mortality benefit. They conclude: “IABP has no effect on all-cause mortality at 6-year long-term follow-up. Mortality is still very high, with two thirds of patients with cardiogenic shock dying despite contemporary treatment with revascularization therapy”.

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The study and its implications are discussed further in an accompanying editorial link

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