The results of treatment of acute heart failure by means of intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) in ten patients with overdosage of tranquilizers or barbiturates are analysed in this paper. The afterload is decreased by IABC and the cardiac muscle is able to maintain a higher arterial pressure which in its turn permits the continuation of detoxication therapy. In some cases IABC makes it possible to detoxicate the blood extracorporeally by use of the artificial kidney or charcoal column.
Field of Science*
- 3.2 Clinical medicine
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