Prophylactic Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump is Useful to Facilitate Percutaneous Coronary Interventions: Images from Rescue Cases


  • Michele Schiariti
  • Paolo Emilio Puddu
  • Cristina Nesta
  • Placido Grillo
  • Bindo Missiroli
  • Mauro Cassese



Images are presented of coronary reperfusion that occurred shortly after insertion of an intra-aortic balloon pump for counter-pulsation in 3 patients with acute myocardial infarction refractory to thrombolytic therapy and hemodynamic derangement. It is shown that prophylactic intra-aortic balloon pump use may facilitate percutaneous coronary intervention during acute myocardial infarction and it is useful to provide a visual assessment of myocardial flow restoring.


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Schiariti, M., Puddu, P. E., Nesta, C., Grillo, P., Missiroli, B., & Cassese, M. (2007). Prophylactic Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump is Useful to Facilitate Percutaneous Coronary Interventions: Images from Rescue Cases. The Heart Surgery Forum, 10(5), E411-E414.