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Nursing2015

April 2009, Volume 39 Number 2 - Supplement: Cardiac Insider , p 9 - 10

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AN INTRA-AORTIC BALLOON PUMP (IABP) provides temporary support for the heart's left ventricle by mechanically displacing blood within the aorta.

This device may be used in patients with a wide range of disorders that cause low cardiac output (CO) or cardiac instability, such as refractory angina, ventricular dysrhythmias associated with ischemia, pump failure caused by cardiogenic shock, intraoperative myocardial infarction (MI), or low CO after bypass surgery.

The IABP also is indicated for patients with low CO secondary to acute mechanical defects after MI, such as ventricular septal defect, papillary muscle

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