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Blood flow conditioning reduces kidney injury in high risk cardiac surgery patients

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 01 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2934
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Remote ischaemic preconditioning, which involves alternately inflating and deflating a blood pressure cuff around a limb to restrict and restore blood flow, reduces kidney injury and the need for dialysis in high risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery, a study reported in JAMA has shown.1

As many as 30% of patients develop acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery, and no interventions investigated so far have been shown to reduce this risk. Research has shown that remote ischaemic preconditioning from brief episodes of …

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