What is it?

For acute heart failure, it may be necessary to place an intra-aortal balloon pump in the aorta (major body artery) via the groin. This is done in the event of life-threatening and urgent problems.

Possible risks

Risks of this procedure include:

  • bleeding
  • cutting off the blood supply to the lower extremities or to the abdominal organs
  • causing damage to the large body artery

Any symptoms that may arise from such a development are actively sought out and, if possible, they will be treated or the treatment will be modified.

Centres and specialist areas

Intensive Care

Latest publication date: 05/02/2021