Use of a single-circuit CentriMag® for biventricular support in postpartum cardiomyopathy

A. Aggarwal, S. Modi, S. Kumar, C. Korrapati, A. Tatooles, P. S. Pappas, G. Bhat

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Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is defined by acute heart failure in the late stages of pregnancy to a few months postpartum. Cardiogenic shock in PPCM, though rare, can be life-threatening, often requiring support with mechanical circulatory support devices. We present a case of 37-year-old Caucasian female who developed cardiogenic shock within 24 hours of the delivery of her twins. The echocardiogram demonstrated severe biventricular failure which necessitated biventricular device placement and support with a CentriMag® centrifugal pump. This biventricular support was employed, using a single-circuit CentriMag® pump, using a 'Y' connection which made weaning from right-sided support and conversion to univentricular support easier and feasible. The patient recovered four weeks later and was explanted off the CentriMag® support and did well. This technology allows for the CentriMag® to be considered as an early option for biventricular support in the treatment and management of these patients as a bridge to recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-159
Number of pages4
JournalPerfusion (United Kingdom)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Safety Research
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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