In patients with severe heart failure, a percutaneous axillary intraaortic balloon pump (axIABP) may permit ambulation while awaiting destination therapy. Traditionally, an "axillary-femoral" approach has been used with femoral access for axillary angiography during insertion. We describe an "axillary-radial" technique for axIABP insertion and removal using the left radial artery.
Keywords: ECMO/IABP/tandem/impella; brachial/radial/ulnar; cardiogenic; catheterization; heart failure; mechanical circulatory support; shock; transplantation.
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