A Timely Assist
If your heart attack can’t be treated at Bay Area Hospital, our Cardiac Care Team can help keep your heart beating while you’re on your way to surgery elsewhere. The cardiologist can insert a device called an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to take some of the strain off your heart. By reducing the workload on your heart, the IABP allows your heart to pump more blood.
Using cardiac catheterization, the doctor positions the IABP in the center of your aorta, below your heart. By inflating and deflating with the same rhythm as your heart, the IABP improves the function of your left ventricle, the chamber that pumps blood throughout your body.
With the balloon pump helping your heart, a brief helicopter trip will deliver you to a heart surgeon for bypass surgery or another surgical solution.