Mechanical circulatory assistance for postoperative cardiogenic shock: a three year experience.

W. E. Pae, G. Rosenberg, J. H. Donachy, D. L. Landis, W. M. Phillips, G. V. Parr, G. A. Prophet, W. S. Pierce

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Retrospective analysis of 14 patients undergoing circulatory support for postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock during the past 3 yrs has demonstrated the ability of the profoundly depressed myocardium to recover. Four patients were totally weaned from circulatory support and 2 are long-term survivors. Our results suggest that improved survival is dependent on the absence of certain peri-operative complications. To improve future clinical results we suggest that prompt application of assist pumping is necessary to eliminate prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass times and subsequent massive bleeding; those circulatory support systems requiring systemic anticoagulation are of no value in the treatment of postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock; the use of atrial cannulation may be advantageous in certain patients to eliminate critical inflow obstruction, further prolongation of cardiopulmonary bypass, and additional myocardial damage; and that the high incidence of right ventricular failure that is refractory to medical therapy makes the ability to support both ventricles mandatory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-261
Number of pages6
JournalTransactions - American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
StatePublished - 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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