Acute mechanical circulatory support: Bridge to recovery or to decision

Bryan A. Whitson, Katarzyna Hryniewicz, Ranjit John

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Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is, as the name implies, the use of electro-mechanical devices to support the circulatory system. This support may be uni-ventricular, bi-ventricular, pulmonary, percutaneous, central, or any combination of these, depending on the clinical scenario. A large component of MCS use is in a more permanent fashion in the bridge-to-transplant (BTT) or destination therapy (DT) patient. The other scenario where MCS is used is in the acute setting as a means of supporting the patient as a bridge-to-recovery or a bridge-to-decision about long-term MCS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManagement of Heart Failure
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Surgical, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781447142799
ISBN (Print)9781447142782
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Acute heart failure
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Ventricular assist devices

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