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What is ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation)?

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In people who are unable to provide oxygen for their own blood or enough blood circulation, they can be put on life support known as extra corporeal membrane oxygenation. The blood is withdrawn from a large vein in the body and passes through a pumping mechanism and then through a device that puts oxygen into the blood and removes carbon dioxide from the blood. The blood is then returned to the body and circulated in such a way as to sustain life.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Heart Failure."

Heart Failure Society of America.

Texas Heart Institute.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Heart Failure."

Heart Failure Society of America.

Texas Heart Institute.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on October 29, 2017

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