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Tools & Techniques: Percutaneous left ventricular assist devices

EuroIntervention 2011;7:636-637. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV7I5A101

University of Leipzig Heart Center, Department of Internal Medicine/Cardiology, Leipzig, Germany
In this chapter of Tools and Techniques the use of percutaneous left ventricular assist devices is discussed using a step-wise approach. The following is an overview with highlights on specific technical issues. The complete, unabridged e-version with images is available at


Percutaneous insertable devices such as the intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) or active left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are currently mainly used for additional treatment in haemodynamically unstable patients in cardiogenic shock, as well as for selected patients undergoing high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Mainly due to the lack of sufficient scientific evidence, there ...

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