Patients with advanced heart failure require multi-system management as a majority succumb to end-organ dysfunction, including gastrointestinal sequelae. Temporizing measures, such as early mechanical circulatory support, can assist in the recovery of patients with acute cardiogenic shock. The temporary support can improve patient characteristics to enable future definitive heart failure therapies such as durable left ventricular assist devices and orthotopic heart transplantation. We present two cases of cardiogenic shock that were successfully bridged with an Impella 5.5 (Abiomed). The management enabled the patients to recover from reversible cardiointestinal syndrome and undergo successful definitive therapies.
Salas De Armas, Ismael A.; Akkanti, Bindu; Bergeron, Amanda; Bhardwaj, Anju; Dinh, Kha; Shirafkan, Ali; Patel, Jayeshkumar A.; Patel, Manish K.; Manrique Neira, Carlos R.; Gregoric, Igor D.; Kar, Biswajit; and Akay, Mehmet H.
"Management of Patients with Refractory Cardiogenic Shock and Cardiointestinal Syndrome with Impella 5.5 as Bridge to Decision: Case Series,"
Journal of Shock and Hemodynamics: Vol. 1(2)
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