Blood pressure cuff could save heart attack victims

February 26, 2010 9:14:38 AM PST
Cutting off blood flow to the heart could reduce damage during a heart attack. That's the finding of a new Danish study

In this study, researchers used a blood pressure cuff to reduce the blood flow. It involved 142 patients being rushed to the hospital for treatment of severe heart attacks. Of those who received this treatment, 30 percent had less tissue damage to the heart.

It is believed that brief stoppages of blood flow can improve the ability of an organ to withstand stress.

You can read more in the latest issue of The Lancet.