Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)


  • Cardiac Assist Device (see Cardiac Assist Devices, [[Cardiac Assist Devices]])
    • Most commonly used cardiac assist device
    • Least expensive cardiac assist device

Technical Aspects

  • Rapidly Inserted
  • Need for Anticoagulation: required
  • Placement
  • Requirement for Technical Support: does not require continuous monitoring by technical support personnel

Adverse Effects

Cardiovascular Adverse Effects

  • Aortic Perforation
  • Systemic Atheroembolization (Cholesterol Emboli Syndrome) (see Cholesterol Emboli Syndrome, [[Cholesterol Emboli Syndrome]])
  • Systemic Thromboembolization: due to dislodgement of aortic plaque

Other Adverse Effects

  • Infection/Sepsis (see Sepsis, [[Sepsis]])


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