Complications of Temporary Percutaneous Mechanical Circulatory Support for Cardiogenic Shock: An Appraisal of Contemporary Literature

Cardiol Ther. 2019 Dec;8(2):211-228. doi: 10.1007/s40119-019-00152-8. Epub 2019 Oct 23.


Cardiogenic shock (CS) is associated with hemodynamic compromise and end-organ hypoperfusion due to a primary cardiac etiology. In addition to vasoactive medications, percutaneous mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices offer the ability to support the hemodynamics and prevent acute organ failure. Despite the wide array of available MCS devices for CS, there are limited data on the complications from these devices. In this review, we seek to summarize the complications of MCS devices in the contemporary era. Using a systems-based approach, this review covers domains of hematological, neurological, vascular, infectious, mechanical, and miscellaneous complications. These data are intended to provide a balanced narrative and aid in risk-benefit decision-making in this acutely ill population.

Keywords: Cardiogenic shock; Complications; Impella; Intra-aortic balloon pump; Mechanical circulatory support; TandemHeart; Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Publication types

  • Review