Skip to Content
Learn more about the UPMC Cardiogenic Shock Program.
Learn more about the UPMC Cardiogenic Shock Program.

Cardiogenic Shock Program at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

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

The experts at the UPMC Cardiogenic Shock Program provide support for people 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

Call Medcall at 412-647-7000 if you're treating a patient who has any of the following symptoms:

  • Reduced left ventricular function with EF of 35% or less.
  • Acute heart attack and any systolic blood pressure less than 90.
  • Symptoms of hypotension.
  • Inotropic/pressor requirement outside of the cath lab.

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

Cardiogenic Shock Program Intake Form (PDF)

Why Refer Your Patient to the UPMC Cardiogenic Shock Program?

When you refer a patient to us, they will 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 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.
  • Cutting-edge research and innovative care through the Cardiogenic Shock Working Group Registry.

Cardiogenic Shock Program (PDF)

Services We Provide

  • CABG.
  • ECMO.
  • Heart transplant.
  • High-risk PCI.
  • IABP.
  • Impella 5.5.
  • Impella CP®
  • Medical management for heart failure.
  • MitraClip®.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
  • VAD implant.
  • Valve repair/ replacements.

Our Team of CS Experts

Our team includes:

  • Critical care doctors and nurses.
  • Critical intensive care specialist.
  • CT surgeons.
  • Interventional and heart failure cardiologists.
  • STAT emergency medicine.

Meet the Team


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

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.



Join UPMC experts, Gavin Hickey, MD, and David Kaczorowski, MD, as they discuss post-cardiotomy shock.

Listen to the podcast.