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The Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiogenic Shock Team provides urgent evaluation and care to patients experiencing cardiogenic shock, a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to support the needs of the body's organs.
Cardiogenic shock is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body. It most commonly occurs soon after a massive heart attack, but it can also occur after heart surgery or with an acute illness such as cardiomyopathy, which is a weakening of the heart muscle. Occasionally, patients with chronic heart failure will deteriorate to cardiogenic shock.
Patients with cardiogenic shock must be treated promptly in order to restore perfusion, the process of delivering blood to the body’s organs, and prevent further deterioration so that the heart can recover. At Massachusetts General Hospital, mechanical circulatory support devices are used when necessary to either temporarily support the heart as it recovers, or as a bridge to long-term therapies, which may include heart transplantation. Timely intervention with mechanical support in appropriate cardiogenic shock patients has been shown to improve patient outcomes.
The Mass General Cardiogenic Shock Team brings together the expertise of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to rapidly intervene on patients with severe cardiogenic shock. With one phone call, a multidisciplinary team of leading surgical, interventional and medical clinicians quickly gathers information about the patient to recommend the best therapy possible. The Mass General Cardiogenic Shock Team should be contacted for patients with:
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with the immediate evaluation and management of cardiogenic shock patients. Physicians should call 617-726-2066 to speak with the team member on call.
The Cardiogenic Shock Team utilizes innovative devices to assist a patient’s heart in pumping blood. These include:
Mass General has been designated as an ECMO Center of Excellence based on our extensive experience and successful outcomes in a variety of conditions leading to cardiogenic shock.
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