IABP therapy helps the heart by increasing oxygen to the heart while decreasing its workload.

Introduction

For patients with certain heart conditions, the use of an Intra-aortic Balloon Pump is an effective way to help the heart do its work. The balloon pump helps by increasing the amount of oxygen to the heart, while decreasing the workload on the heart. If your doctor has prescribed Intra-aortic Balloon Pump therapy, you're in good company. More than 140,000 patients throughout the world receive this therapy each year.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • To assist the heart during or after a heart attack
  • To assist the heart during or after a procedure to open a blocked artery, such as the placement of a coronary stent
  • To assist the heart during or after coronary artery bypass surgery

Generally, balloon pump therapy lasts anywhere from a couple of hours to several days, depending on how much help the heart needs.