Tests and treatments
Intra-aortal balloon pump
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.
Risks of this procedure include:
- 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
Latest publication date: 05/02/2021