Intra-aortic balloon pump counterpulsation in extensive myocardial infarction with persistent ischemia: the SEMPER FI pilot study

Lokien X. van Nunen (Corresponding author), Marcel van ’t Veer, Frederik M. Zimmermann, Inge Wijnbergen, Guus R.G. Brueren, Pim A.L. Tonino, Wilbert A. Aarnoudse, Nico H.J. Pijls

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Objectives: This study aimed to prospectively investigate intra-aortic balloon pump counterpulsation (IABP) support in large myocardial infarction complicated by persistent ischemia after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Background: Use of IABP is suggested to be effective by increasing diastolic aortic pressure, thereby improving coronary blood flow. This can only be expected with exhausted coronary autoregulation, typical in acute myocardial infarction complicated by persistent ischemia. In this situation, augmented diastolic pressure is expected to increase myocardial oxygenation. Methods: One hundred patients with large STEMI complicated by persistent ischemia after primary PCI were randomized to treatment with or without IABP therapy on top of standard care. IABP support was initiated following primary PCI, immediately after inclusion. Primary end point was all-cause mortality, need for (additional) mechanical hemodynamic support, or readmission for heart failure within 6 months. Results: Mean age was 63 ± 10 years, 76% were male. Mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure were 120 ± 25 mmHg and 73 ± 17 mmHg. Mean heart rate was 75 ± 18 mmHg. Before PCI, mean summed ST-deviation was 21 ± 8 mm with only minimal ST-resolution after PCI. One patient in the IABP group reached the primary end point versus four patients in the control group (2% vs. 8%; p = 0.16). After primary PCI, resolution of ST-deviation was significantly more pronounced in the IABP group (73 ± 17%) compared to the control group (56 ± 26%; p < 0.01). Conclusions: In this pilot study, in patients with large STEMI and persistent ischemia after primary PCI, use of IABP showed a nonsignificant decrease in mortality, necessity for (additional) mechanical hemodynamic support or readmission for heart failure at 6 months, and resulted in more rapid ST-resolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-135
Number of pages8
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number1
Early online date24 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020



  • coronary autoregulation
  • intra-aortic balloon pump
  • myocardial infarction
  • percutaneous coronary intervention
  • persistent ischemia

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