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What is an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP)?

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An intra-aortic balloon pump, or IABP, is a long, skinny balloon that controls the flow of blood through your largest blood vessel, the aorta.

Your doctor may recommend an IABP if your heart isn’t getting enough blood or isn’t sending enough out to the rest of your body.

An IABP also might be used to help you recover from surgery to reopen or bypass a blocked artery near your heart.

It’s only in place for a short time, typically a few days, while you’re in the hospital.

From: What Is an IABP? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “What is intra-aortic balloon pump therapy?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How Is Cardiogenic Shock Treated?”

Texas Heart Institute: “Heart Assist Devices - Intra-aortic Balloon Pump.”

Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia: “Management of Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps.”

Arrow International patient information brochure: “When You Need Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Therapy.”

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery: “Literature review of risk factors related to complications of the intra-aortic balloon pump.”

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization: “Intra-aortic balloon pump therapy.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “What is intra-aortic balloon pump therapy?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How Is Cardiogenic Shock Treated?”

Texas Heart Institute: “Heart Assist Devices - Intra-aortic Balloon Pump.”

Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia: “Management of Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps.”

Arrow International patient information brochure: “When You Need Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Therapy.”

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery: “Literature review of risk factors related to complications of the intra-aortic balloon pump.”

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization: “Intra-aortic balloon pump therapy.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 21, 2018

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