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J Invasive Cardiol. 2011 Jun;23(6):248-51.

Multivessel intervention and placement of a percutaneous right ventricular assist device in a patient with acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiac arrest.

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Section of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago, USA.


We present a case of a 66-year-old male who presented with ST elevation myocardial infarction and complicated by cardiac arrest. The patient underwent emergent multivessel revascularization. However, the patient developed right ventricular failure with persistent and recalcitrant hemodynamic instability. Placement of a TandemHeart™ right ventricular assist device™ (Cardiac Assist, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was undertaken to allow for right ventricular recovery. The device was removed after several days and the patient has had no further events one year after arrest.

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