Insertion of an Abiomed Impella® Left Ventricular Assist Device Following Bioprosthetic Aortic Valve Placement

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Post-cardiotomy cardiogenic shock is an infrequent devastating complication with few options for support.

Materials and Methods

We present a case highlighting use of the Impella 5.0 (ABIOMED; Danvers, MA) for postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock after coronary artery bypass and bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement.


Support was maintained for 7 days before being successfully weaned with myocardial recovery and no damage to the bioprosthetic aortic valve.


This is the first published report of successful use of an Impella 5.0 (ABIOMED; Danvers, MA) for post-cardiotomy cardiogenic shock through a new implanted bioprosthetic aortic valve. doi: 10.1111/jocs.12118 (J Card Surg 2013;28:469–471)

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