Transient limb ischemia induces remote ischemic preconditioning in vivo.
BACKGROUND: Ischemic preconditioning reduces local tissue injury caused by subsequent ischemia-reperfusion (IR), but may also have a salutary effect on IR injury of tissues remote from those undergoing preconditioning. We tested the hypothesis that limb ischemia induces remote preconditioning, reduces endothelial IR injury in humans, and reduces experimental myocardial infarct size. METHODS AND RESULTS: Endothelial IR injury of the human forearm was induced by 20 minutes of upper limb ischemi...Expand abstract
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