Intra Aortic Balloon Pump Insertion

An intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is a therapeutice device that is inserted to increase blood flow into the coronary arteries, as well as reduce the workload of the pumping heart, improving blood flow to the rest of the body.

What to Expect

The IABP consists of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. Attached to the tip of the catheter is a long balloon. This is called an intra-aortic balloon, or IAB. The other end of the catheter attaches to a computer console. This console has a mechanism for inflating and deflating the balloon at the proper time when your heart beats. The balloon is inserted into your aorta, a very large artery leaving your heart. In many cases, this procedure is done through a small cut on the inside of your upper leg. Your doctor will insert the balloon pump catheter into an artery in your leg and then guide it to your aorta.

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