Importance of Proper Time for Referral Cases

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To illustrate the critical importance of timing when referring a patient to ECMO, cardiologist Joyce Wald, DO, and cardiac surgeon Jeremy A. Mazurek, MD, describe a case involving an extremely unstable patient who arrived at Penn from an outside hospital with acute pulmonary arterial hypertension and right-sided heart failure. The patient was successfully transitioned to VV-ECMO, and recovered fully.