Percutaneous ventricular assist devices for cardiogenic shock

Cook, Stéphane; Windecker, Stephan (2008). Percutaneous ventricular assist devices for cardiogenic shock. Current heart failure reports, 5(3), pp. 163-9. Philadelphia, Pa.: Current Science

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Cardiogenic shock complicates up to 7% of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions and 2.5% of non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions, with an associated mortality of 50% to 70%. Primary cardiac pump failure is followed by secondary vital organ hypoperfusion and subsequent activation of various cascade pathways, resulting in a downward spiral leading to multiple organ failure and, ultimately, death. Immediate restoration of cardiac output by means of percutaneous ventricular assist devices restores hemodynamic -stability and is an important advance in the management of patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction and cardiogenic shock. This article reviews available evidence supporting the use of percutaneous ventricular assist devices in patients suffering from cardiogenic shock.

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Journal Article (Further Contribution)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

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Cook, Stéphane and Windecker, Stephan






Current Science




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04 Oct 2013 15:02

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04 May 2014 23:18

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