Clues emerge about benefits of briefly blocking blood flow


For people at risk of heart attack or stroke, protecting vital organs against grave damage presents a complex challenge. Danger lurks on both sides of the attack: when blood flow stops, heart and brain cells die of starvation; when blood flow returns, weakened cells suffer greater injury from reactive oxygen species, also known as free radicals. Scientists have known since 1986 about a mechanism called ischemic preconditioning, or IPC, which describes a series of short

DOI: 10.1038/nm0209-132

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@article{Bjorn2009CluesEA, title={Clues emerge about benefits of briefly blocking blood flow}, author={Genevive Bjorn}, journal={Nature Medicine}, year={2009}, volume={15}, pages={132-132} }