Vol 68, No 1 (2010)
Published online: 2010-02-03

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Case report
Intra-aortic balloon pump as a effecitve bridging therapy to coronary artery bypass grafting in a patient with myocardial infarction and recurrent pulmonary edema

Janusz Sielski, Paweł Wałek, Anna Polewczyk, Marianna Janion
Kardiol Pol 2010;68(1):85-89.


Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is the most frequently used device for mechanical circulation support. We report a case of a 65-year-old female patient with myocardial infarction complicated by recurrent pulmonary edema. We decided to use long-term IABP despite lack of clear indication for this therapy, what enable us to stabilise hemodynamic state of our patient and perform coronary artery bypass grafting. Indications for this procedure and risk of long-term conterpulsation is discussed.

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Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)