Intra-aortic Balloon Counterpulsation in Cardiogenic Shock

  • K. Werdan
  • M. Russ
  • M. Buerke
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 2010)


What can we expect from the implementation of an intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation pump (IABP) in a patient with shock (Fig. 1)? The conventional indication for IABP is cardiogenic shock of ischemic etiology. With the IABP in place in the thoracic aorta, inflation of the balloon in diastole and active deflation in systole induces higher perfusion pressures in the brain and the coronary arteries in diastole and unloads the diseased heart by reducing left ventricular afterload in systole. Of special relevance is the volume shifting of about 40 ml per beat by the IABP, increasing left ventricular ejection fraction and thereby cardiac output in the range of at best 1 l/min.
Fig. 1.

Patient with myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock. After treatment with primary percutaneous coronary intervention the patient is still under adjunctive therapy with the intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABP). Written permission obtained from the patient


Septic Shock Cardiogenic Shock Left Ventricular Assist Device STEMI Patient Percutaneous Coronary Intervention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Werdan
    • 1
  • M. Russ
    • 1
  • M. Buerke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine IIIUniversity HospitalHalleGermany

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