An intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is a device to help decrease the
workload of the heart and increase blood flow to the heart and the rest of the
body. A balloon is attached to the end of a catheter and threaded up into the
aorta, the main artery leaving the heart. Here, it is inflated and deflated in
a regular sequence synchronized to a person's heart rhythm to provide the
needed pressure to circulate blood.
An intra-aortic balloon pump is only used temporarily for emergency
cardiac support conditions, such as after a heart attack, for severe heart
failure, or while someone is waiting for heart surgery.
Which one of the following statements is true?
Each year, heart disease claims the lives of
more women then breast
cancer and lung cancer combined.
A greater percentage of women die within one year of a heart attack than men.
The death rate of African-American women due to cardiovascular disease is
greater than white women.
Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.
The answer: All of them. And experts say they represent only the tip of the
iceberg when it comes to the facts...