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Open Access Letters to the Editor

Intra-aortic balloon pump (ΙΑΒΡ): from the old trends and studies to the current “extended” indications of its use

Haralabos Parissis*, Alan Soo and Bassel Al-Alao

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Cardiothoracic Department, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA, Northern Ireland

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Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012, 7:128  doi:10.1186/1749-8090-7-128

Published: 11 December 2012

Abstract

This report outlines the well defined indications of using IABP and also favours extending the indications of IABP use, to include not only “therapeutically” the aging unstable patients but also “prophylactically” patients with low EF or high Euroscore.