Tag: Cardiogenic Shock


Impella in Cardiogenic Shock: The Importance of Early Unloading

Dr. Giuseppe Tarantini (Professor and Director of Interventional Cardiology, University of Padua, Italy) speaks on the importance of the early unloading concept in cardiogenic shock (CS), in bringing about improvements in systemic circulation ahead of coronary reperfusion, with the hope that this could improving mortality rates in such patients. The choice of left ventricular mechanical … Continue reading “Impella in Cardiogenic Shock: The Importance of Early Unloading”

Dr. Alexander Truesdell: “Team of Teams” for Treating Cardiogenic Shock

Dr. Alex Truesdell of Virginia Heart discusses how a “team of teams” approach to treating cardiogenic shock can standardize care and improve outcomes. He also discusses the recent improvement in cardiogenic shock survival at Inova Heart and Vascular. After Inova Heart and Vascular Institute instituted a best practice protocol that includes early use of percutaneous … Continue reading “Dr. Alexander Truesdell: “Team of Teams” for Treating Cardiogenic Shock”

Identifying Cardiogenic Shock Early with a Heart Team Approach

Dr. Alexander Truesdell, Interventional Cardiologist at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute discusses his editorial, the War on Shock, published in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. The editorial compares his experience as a military physician with his experience as a cardiologist treating cardiogenic shock. Watch the video to learn which systems of care Dr. Truesdell suggests … Continue reading “Identifying Cardiogenic Shock Early with a Heart Team Approach”

Early Impella Support Associated with Increased Survival in Cardiogenic Shock

Key Takeaways

  • This retrospective study evaluated observational data of patients receiving either early or delayed initiation of Impella for the management of acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock (AMICS).
  • Receiving mechanical circulatory support (MCS) prior to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared with post-PCI initiation was associated with a higher survival rate to discharge among AMICS patients.
  • Overall survival to discharge for the cohort was 44%.
  • Additionally, early initiation of MCS at the first signs of shock and before inotropes, vasopressors, and PCI correlated with a higher rate of survival.
The use of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) in cardiogenic shock (CS) has been consistently shown to correlate with improved survival and assist interventionalists achieve complete revascularization.1,2,3 The use of MCS devices for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock (AMICS) may also provide hemodynamic support for some patients.4 Continue readingEarly Impella Support Associated with Increased Survival in Cardiogenic Shock

Early Initiation of Impella Support Pre-PCI: Key to Consistent and Reproducible Outcome of Improved Survival in AMICS

Despite significant reduction in mortality in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) following primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), mortality rates in AMI complicated by cardiogenic shock (AMI-CGS) continues to be unacceptably high at about 50%.1 For Best Outcomes in AMI Cardiogenic Shock, Place Impella® or Impella CP® Pre-PCI Download this short bulletin that references scientific research … Continue reading “Early Initiation of Impella Support Pre-PCI: Key to Consistent and Reproducible Outcome of Improved Survival in AMICS”

Improving Survival in Cardiogenic Shock by Adopting a Uniform Approach to Systems of Care

Reference: J Am Coll Cardiol 2018; 72:1972-80 Cardiogenic shock continues to be the leading cause of death in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI).1 Despite implementation of guideline-recommended early revascularization, mortality rates in AMI complicated by cardiogenic shock (AMICS) remains constant at about 50%. Given that about 60,000 patients with AMI develop CS every year,2 … Continue reading “Improving Survival in Cardiogenic Shock by Adopting a Uniform Approach to Systems of Care”

The Door-to-Unloading (DTU) STEMI Safety & Feasibility Trial

Navin Kapur, MD, executive director of the CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation at Tufts Medical Center, discusses the results of the FDA STEMI Door-to-Unloading safety and feasibility randomized controlled trial. These results were presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2018 in Chicago on Sunday, November 11. What did we learn from this pilot … Continue reading “The Door-to-Unloading (DTU) STEMI Safety & Feasibility Trial”