Mechanisms of protection afforded by preconditioning to endothelial function against ischemic injury.

The aim of this study was to assess whether the cardioprotective effect of ischemic preconditioning (IPC) on endothelial function in resistance coronary arteries of the rat involves adenosine and/or activation of ATP-sensitive K+ channels (KATP channels). Isolated rat hearts perfused under constant-flow conditions were exposed to 30 min of partial ischemia… CONTINUE READING