Heart and Vascular Institute – Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
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ECMO uses a machine to circulate oxygen-rich blood through the body while bypassing the heart and lungs. It’s used for acute respiratory failure or acute cardiogenic shock (when the heart suddenly can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands). Our surgeons place the ECMO components, and our intensivist team will manage your follow-up care.