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Cardiogenic Shock Program at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Cardiogenic shock (CS) is life-threatening and requires prompt recognition and action.

The experts at the UPMC Cardiogenic Shock Program provide support for patients in CS.

We're here 24/7 for patient consults or transfer requests. And we maintain open and constant contact with referring physicians throughout the entire process.

Refer a Patient to Our Cardiogenic Shock Program

If you're treating a patient who has any of the following symptoms, call Medcall at 412-647-7000.
  • Reduced left ventricular function with EF of 35% or less.
  • Acute myocardial infarction and any systolic blood pressure less than 90.
  • Symptoms of hypotension.
  • Inotropic/pressor requirement outside of the cath lab.

Another cause of cardiogenetic shock is end-stage organ failure including worsening kidney function and lactate greater than 2.0. 

Why Refer Your Patient to the UPMC Cardiogenic Shock Program?

Patients referred to our program have access to:

  • A dedicated team of CS experts who triage patients quickly and effectively.
  • A tailored treatment plan that best suits your patient's needs.
  • World-renowned experts from the UPMC Advanced Heart Failure Center. We can quickly assess your patient for a heart transplant or VAD.
  • Seamless transition of care to the UPMC Heart Failure Discharge Clinic and Advanced Therapies Referral Clinic.
  • Continued follow-up care at the UPMC Presbyterian Outpatient Cardiology Clinic. 
  • Patients referred to UPMC have access to cutting-edge research and innovative care through the Cardiogenic Shock Working Group Registry. 

Our Team of CS Experts

Our team includes:

  • Interventional and heart failure cardiologists 
  • Critical care physicians and nurses 
  • STAT emergency medicine.
  • CT surgeons.

Meet the Team


  • UPMC Presbyterian 
  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Altoona 
  • UPMC East 
  • UPMC Passavant 
  • UPMC Outpatient Center (Latrobe) 

Contact the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

  • If you have questions about the UPMC Cardiogenic Shock Program, call 412-647-6104.
  • For patient consults or transfer requests, call Medcall at 412-647-7000 and dial 1 cardiogenic shock.


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