intra-aortic balloon pulsation

intra-aortic balloon pulsation

Cardiology A therapeutic modality used to treat unstable angina, which consists of counterpulsation to ↑ the diastolic pressure gradient for coronary arterial blood flow, by simultaneously ↓ the left ventricular end-diastolic BP and ↑ intra-aortic diastolic pressure Cons Vascular complications are more common in ♀, Pts with DM or HTN
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