Blood Pressure Cuffs Could Reduce Heart Damage When Used Before Surgery

Blood Pressure Cuff

They all needed heart bypass surgery. The researchers used a blood pressure cuff three times on the upper left arm. They restricted blood flow for five minutes followed by another five minutes of free blood flow and repeated. The researchers then measured the patients’ blood for troponin 1, which is a protein that informs the researchers if there was any heart muscle damage post surgery. Higher levels of this protein would indicate more damage. The data was then compared to 167 people who did not have the blood pressure cuff procedure done on them before surgery. The researchers found that within three days post surgery, the troponin levels for the group of patients who received the remote ischemic conditioning were 17 percent lower in comparison to patients who did not have the procedure.
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He walks with his dog Sophie multiple times a day. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Dr. Don Conkling, 63, who has had high blood pressure since his… Don Conkling offers a treat to his dog Sophie at his veterinary hospital in San Bruno, Calif. on Tuesday, Aug.
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