californiahapamama29 karma2021-02-01 21:25:53 UTC
It’s called an Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP). Basically it helped push blood through your heart so it didn’t have to work so hard.
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californiahapamama14 karma2021-02-02 02:41:12 UTC
My husband was on ECMO for 9 days with femoral catheters. I completely understand. He had those braces on both legs because one of the meds they had him on was making him jerk occasionally.
I learned a lot about the various circulatory support devices in the 5 1/2 weeks he was in the CVICU. There were a lot of people in there who were either waiting for heart transplants or had just gotten one.
californiahapamama9 karma2021-02-02 03:31:05 UTC
He's doing better now. He had a STEMI, spent an addition 4 weeks with an RVAD, but from a cardiac standpoint is doing okay. The brain injury from going into cardiac arrest is the bigger issue at this point, but all things considered he is doing pretty well.
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