Intra-aortic balloon pump

Cardiogenic shock or acute heart failure can represent a life-threatening situation that requires immediate circulatory support. The intra-aortic balloon pump can save the patient's life by providing temporary support to the heart.

What is an intra-aortic balloon pump?

An intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is a device that supports the heart in pumping a sufficient amount of blood around the body. The IABP is implanted into the patient's aorta.

How does an intra-aortic balloon pump work?

Our intensive care unit during a typical procedure to insert an intra-aortic balloon pump

This device consists of a balloon firmly mounted on a catheter.

It is available round-the-clock to provide emergency cardiovascular support. Insertion of the device only takes a matter of minutes, and does not cause any pain. The procedure, which involves the insertion of the catheter via an artery in the groin, can be performed either in the catheterization laboratory or in the intensive care unit. Only a local anesthetic is required, which will be applied to the groin area.

Using x-ray guidance, the balloon is then positioned at chest height inside the aorta.

The balloon inflates and deflates in time with the patient's heartbeat, providing support to the heart and improving organ perfusion.

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    +49 3338-69 45 21

Contact person

  • Dr. med.
    Georg Fritz
    Head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Management, Immanuel Hospital Bernau Brandenburg Heart Center

    PA to the Head of Department Marion Scheibel
    Immanuel Hospital Bernau Brandenburg Heart Center
    Ladeburger Str. 17
    16321 Bernau bei Berlin
    T +49 3338 694-110
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