The intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), like Impella®, is a short-term mechanical circulatory support (MCS) device that helps stabilize hemodynamics during PCI in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and cardiogenic shock. Clinical studies of newer percutaneous MCS devices (eg, Impella®, ECMO, TandemHeart) often include comparisons with IABP. The videos, posts, and FAQs on this page discuss IABP as an MCS strategy, present data comparing the use of IABP to Impella and other MCS devices, and discuss IABP in the context of topics such as vascular complications, cost effectiveness, and hemodynamic effects.

PROTECT Series of Clinical Studies Provides Mounting Evidence for Impella Support in High-risk PCI

Looking at the data from the PROTECT Series—PROTECT I1, PROTECT II RCT2, and PROTECT III—William O’Neill, MD, medical director of...

Bleeding and Vascular Complications

A Look at Impella® Data Over Time Daniel Raess, MD, presents clinical data on Impella bleeding and vascular complications, providi...

Mechanical Circulatory Support in AMI Cardiogenic Shock

Insights on MCS Use and Timing from Dr. Jacob Møller in Denmark Jacob Møller MD, PhD, an intensivist at Copenhagen University Hosp...

Cost-effectiveness and Impella

Dr. George Vetrovec Discusses Impella Cost Effectiveness Dr. George Vetrovec, professor of medicine, emeritus, at Virginia Commonw...

Techniques to Reduce Bleeding with Large Bore Access Devices

Dr. Amir Kaki Discusses Techniques to Reduce Bleeding Dr. Amir Kaki outlines the factors that have led to reductions in bleeding a...

Where’s the Cardiogenic Shock Treatment Data?

Looking to Real-world Evidence in Cardiogenic Shock Dr. William O’Neill discusses cardiogenic shock treatment in light of the lack...

Dr. Seth Bilazarian on the recent Circulation paper by Dr. Schrage/Dr. Ibrahim

Dr. Seth Bilazarian discusses a recent paper published in Circulation by Drs. Benedikt Schrage, Karim Ibrahim, et. al. on a retros...

Exchanging a Balloon Pump with the Impella CP® Heart Pump: Case Review

In this case presentation, Dr. Shon (Anjan) Chakrabarti of the Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, VA, discusses the use of the Imp...