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Primary angioplasty for patients in cardiogenic shock: Optimal management

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalInterventional Cardiology Review
Issue number1
Accepted/In press11 Jan 2016
PublishedApr 2016


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Cardiogenic shock complicates approximately 5-10 % of all MI events and remains the most common cause of death among MI cases. Over the past few decades, the mortality rate associated with cardiogenic shock has decreased with the introduction of early revascularisation, although there are limited data for patients with triple-vessel disease and left main stem disease. In more recent years, there have been a number of advances in the mechanical circulatory support devices that can help improve the haemodynamics of patients in cardiogenic shock. Despite these advances, together with progress in the use of inotropes and vasopressors, cardiogenic shock remains associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. This review will outline the management of cardiogenic shock complicating acute MI with a smajor focus on revascularisation techniques and the use of mechanical circulatory support devices.

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