Post-Myocardial Infarction Ventricular Septal Rupture Bridged to Heartmate 3 with an Impella 5.5

Joshua A Cohen, Robert A Montgomery, Mohammad A Zmaili, Penelope Rampersad, Venu Menon, Michael Z Tong, Edward G Soltesz, Aaron J Weiss
Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2021 January 19
Optimal timing of surgical repair for patients diagnosed with a post-myocardial infarction ventricular septal rupture (post-MI VSR) is controversial. Urgent surgical intervention to prevent hemodynamic decompensation must be balanced against delayed repair to allow for tissue stabilization and increased likelihood of a successful outcome. We report the use of an axillary Impella 5.5 temporary left ventricular assist device to aid in hemodynamic stabilization, shunt fraction reduction, and tissue maturation with eventual definitive surgical repair in a patient that presented with a post-MI VSR and cardiogenic shock.

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