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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support in Postcardiotomy Elderly Patients: The Mayo Clinic Experience
The Mayo Clinic reviewed its series using VA ECMO for postcardiotomy support in patients older than the age of 70 years. Not surprisingly, only a quarter of patients were able to be discharged alive. Preop atrial fibrillation, chronic kidney disease, lactic acidosis on support, and persistent coagulopathy were each associated with a higher mortality.