Extra-aortic counterpulsation for the management of chronic heart failure is a novel approach. We report the use of an extra-aortic implantable counterpulsation pump in the management of a 73-year-old patient with severe heart failure refractory to medical therapy. The implantable counterpulsation pump prolonged his life and greatly improved its quality. The patient lived almost 7 months after the implantation of the device and died of septic complications secondary to gas line infection.
Mitnovetski, S., Almeida, A. A., Barr, A. M., Peters, W. S., Milsom, P., & Ho, B. P. (2008). Extra-aortic implantable counterpulsation pump in chronic heart failure. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 85(6), 2122 - 2125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2007.12.049