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Local Hospital Joins National Effort to Improve Care for Cardiogenic Shock

July 30, 2018 - 8:48 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A local hospital joins a national effort to improve care for patients suffering from cardiogenic shock.

“Eight to ten percent of people who have a heart attack’ heart function becomes so compromised that’s is not actually able to supply blood, not only to the heart but all the organs of the body," resulting in a 50 percent mortality rate according to SLU Care's Dr. Michael Lim. This is known as Cardiogenic shock.

Dr. Lim is a cardiologist at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital which has now joined with 40 other hospitals nationwide in trying to improve survival rates for these patients.  The initiative calls for identifying cardiogenic shock as early as possible and quickly implanting a left ventricular pump to keep blood flowing from the heart to the rest of the body while decisions over stents, balloons and bypasses are further assessed.