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Modern methods of treatment for Cardiogenic shock in MHH



Uwe Bentlage, a famous local journalist, has suffered a severe heart attack back in September 2012. He was transferred to the Hannover Medical School (MHH) where he was treated from the physicians of the Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery with a triple therapy: hypothermia, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and with a mini pump.


Hypothermia is initiated at the MHH as standard therapy. The body temperature is deliberately reduced to 32 to 34 degrees Celsius. Clinical studies have shown that hypothermia increases the chances of survival after resuscitation.


The patient was put into a cardiac assist system.  In addition, the physicians of the Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery (HTTG) have provided the patient with a so-called ECMO, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation system. MHH is well known for the high level of expertise that it has when using this method.


After a week, the heart muscle had recovered and the supporting systems were removed step by step. Uwe Bentlage was unconscious for 2 and half weeks and had 15% chances of survival but thanks to the competence of the cardiac surgery clinic of Professor Dr. Axel Haverich, he is enjoying a life full of energy and happiness.

For more information, please visit the original MHH press release (german).

Cardiogenic shock is on focus at the 3rd Hannover Herz Messe (8th and 9th of May 2015), in Hannover Congress Centrum. The exhibition is jointly organized by the MHH clinics of Professors Bauersachs and Haverich and the National Association of Cardiologists.

For more information, please contact Professor Dr. Johann Bauersachs  (, tel: (0511) 532-3841, and Professor Dr. A. Haverich (, tel: (0511) 532-6580.


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