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Left Heart Decompression via the Pulmonary Artery
19 March 2008 (online)
A technique of left heart decompression is presented which is simple and easy to apply. Cannulation of the main pulmonary artery with a coiled wire reinforced venous cannula provides access for continuous suction and effectively decompresses both the left and right sides of the heart. An inline vacuum release valve controls the amount of suction.
Pulmonary artery - Left ventricular decompression - Vent