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Intermittent peripheral tissue ischemia during coronary ischemia reduces myocardial infarction through a KATP-dependent mechanism: first demonstration of remote ischemic perconditioning.

MR Schmidt, M Smerup, IE Konstantinov, M Shimizu, J Li, M Cheung, PA White, SB Kristiansen, K Sorensen, V Dzavik, AN Redington, RK Kharbanda

AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology | Published : 2007


Remote ischemic preconditioning reduces myocardial infarction (MI) in animal models. We tested the hypothesis that the systemic protection thus induced is effective when ischemic preconditioning is administered during ischemia (PerC) and before reperfusion and examined the role of the K(+)-dependent ATP (K(ATP)) channel. Twenty 20-kg pigs were randomized (10 in each group) to 40 min of left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion with 120 min of reperfusion. PerC consisted of four 5-min cycles of lower limb ischemia by tourniquet during left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion. Left ventricular (LV) function was assessed by a conductance catheter and extent of infarction by t..

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