Percutaneous Right Ventricular Assist Device as Support for Cardiogenic Shock due to Right Ventricular Infarction
- Volume 20 - Issue 7 - July, 2008
- Posted on: 8/1/08
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Cardiogenic shock is a devastating complication of acute myocardial infarction (MI) with an in-hospital mortality between 40–76%.1,2 Cardiogenic shock from right ventricular infarction is uncommon, though it has a mortality rate equal to that of left ventricular shock.3,4 The TandemHeart (Cardiac Assist, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a peripheral ventricular assist device (PVAD) that can be inserted percutaneously to provide short-term mechanical support, primarily during high-risk percutaneous intervention or cardiogenic shock secondary to left ventricular dysfunction.5–11 We report the case of a patient with cardiogenic shock secondary to right ventricular dysfunction bridged to recovery with the TandemHeart as a right ventricular assist device (RVAD).