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  • 1. What is IABP?Intra aortic balloon pump (IABP) Intra aortic balloon pump (IABP) is a mechanical device designed to increase myocardial oxygen perfusion and cardiac output. IABP placement is not installed into the patient’s body, but it connects with the left and/or right ventricle or the aorta or pulmonary artery. By this it takes over the troubled hearts and can keep patients alive for thirty days. The pump is connected to a control console with which is monitored its operation and programming. The pump is a single, but a system of two consoles (one must be a backup) and the supporting technology is not a one-time and it allows the use of mechanical heart support, provided the procurement of new pumps for multiple patients.There are more complex and expensive systems, which provide the mobility of patients on theward, to the small, sophisticated pumps, that are implanted in the body and let the patient stayoutside the hospital until transplantation. Ultra-modern generation is approaching the ideal ofartificial heart. Many experts in this field believe that in 10 or 15 years Intra aortic balloon pumpsand its electronic control will be perfected, and the final treatment will be in small mechanicaldimensions, i.e. the transplants will become obsolete.These are very expensive devices, often still in the experimental stage and there is no voice oftheir mass application even in the richest countries. Heart transplantation is currently the bestmethod of treatment for patients with severe heart failure, i.e. those in whom life expectancy isfrom about a few weeks to a year.After the transplantation, more than 80 percent of patients survive one year, nearly 70percent five years, and about 50 percent -10 years. Some survive 20 years or more, and thedevelopment of medicine, i.e. the possibility of post-transplant follow-up and treatment, thechances of patients who received a new heart today are much better than those who received it10 years ago. However, it is very important to say that Intra aortic balloon pump (IABP), such ascardiac pacemaker and ICD, is a true lifesaver!Copyright from http://FeelGoodTime.net All rights reserved.