The development and availability of right ventricular assist devices has not kept pace with the evolution of devices designed to mechanically support the systemic circulation. This report describes the application of the counterpulsation concept to the pulmonary circuit to unload the failing right ventricle and augment pulmonary blood flow. Conventional, widely available balloon pumping equipment was employed. Use of this double balloon pump system enabled a patient to be weaned from cardiopulmonary bypass after all other measures had failed. Other relevant potential clinical applications for this technique are discussed.
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