Review Articles

Acute Circulatory Collapse and Advanced Therapies in Patients with COVID-19 Infection



In the current era of the COVID-19 pandemic, intensive care patients with COVID-19 often develop respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome. While less frequent, acute circulatory collapse, with or without respiratory failure, has its own management challenges and nuances. Early identification of acute circulatory collapse requires appropriate imaging, particularly echocardiography, and precise diagnosis of cardiogenic shock using a Swan-Ganz catheter. Escalation to mechanical circulatory support (MCS), such as an intra-aortic balloon pump, Impella, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, has been useful in patients with acute circulatory collapse from COVID-19. This condition is associated with high morbidity and mortality, but early recognition of appropriate candidates for specific treatment strategies and escalation to MCS might improve outcomes.


COVID-19ECMOLVADImpellamechanical circulatory supportcirculatory collapse
  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 5
  • Page/Article: 43-52
  • DOI: 10.14797/mdcvj.1048
  • Submitted on 7 Oct 2021
  • Accepted on 18 Oct 2021
  • Published on 15 Dec 2021
  • Peer Reviewed