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Cardiovasc Revasc Med


OBJECTIVES: To analyze the characteristics and outcome of Impella mechanical circulatory support (MCS) for Takotsubo syndrome (TS) with cardiogenic shock.

BACKGROUND: TS is an acute heart failure syndrome characterized by transient severe reduction of left ventricular (LV) systolic function, with cardiogenic shock occurring in around 10% of patients. Since inotropes should be avoided due to their role in TS pathogenesis and aggravation of LV outflow tract obstruction, the use of MCS as treatment is a viable treatment option, however, studies are lacking.

METHODS: The catheter-based ventricular assist device (cVAD) registry and local MCS databases were screened for TS patients with cardiogenic shock (TS-CS) supported with an Impella percutaneous ventricular assist device (pVAD). Patient and treatment characteristics and in-hospital outcomes were retrospectively analyzed.

RESULTS: At 10 US and European centers, 16 TS-CS patients supported with an Impella pVAD were identified between December 2013 and May 2018 (mean age, 61.8 ± 15.5 years; 87.5% women). LV ejection fraction (LVEF) at presentation was severely reduced (mean, 19.4 ± 8.3%). Prior to MCS, 13 patients (81.3%) were mechanically ventilated, 4 patients (25.0%) had been resuscitated, and mean serum lactate was 4.7 ± 3.5 mmol/L. Mean duration of Impella support was 1.9 ± 1.0 days (range, 1-4 days). Thirteen patients (81.3%) survived to discharge, and all survivors experienced cardiac recovery with significant improvement of LVEF at discharge compared to baseline (20.4 ± 8.8 vs. 52.9 ± 12.0, P < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: This is the first series of TS-CS patients supported with an Impella pVAD. Mortality was low, and LV systolic function recovered in all survivors. Prospective studies of Impella support in this special condition are warranted.

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Aged; Female; Heart-Assist Devices; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Prospective Studies; Retrospective Studies; Shock, Cardiogenic; Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy; Treatment Outcome

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