There may be complications during angioplasty procedures, leading to cardio-pulmonary arrest (or imminent death) while the patient is in recovery. Here, the patient is placed immediately (within 10 minutes) on a percutaneous bypass support machine. This support system takes over the function of the heart and lungs and allows the physician to correct the underlying complications of the patient in a safe manner.

When Death Is Imminent - VIDEO

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Published Scientific Article

Emergency Cardiopulmonary Bypass Support in Patients With Cardiac Arrest in the Catheterization Laboratory. Fayaz Shawl, MD, Michael Domanski, MD, Marc Wish, MD, Mark Davis, RN, Sudhakar Punja, MD, and Tomas Hernandez, MD. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis, 1990.
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