After administering clot-busting drugs to treat a stroke, using blood pressure cuffs to squeeze each arm might aid recovery, a new, small Chinese study suggests.
In the technique — called remote ischemic post-conditioning — the flow of oxygen-rich blood is repeatedly interrupted and restored using blood pressure cuffs on the arms. Earlier studies have found that the technique may prevent tissue damage by helping the body handle changes in blood flow and the damage that may occur from a stroke, researchers say.
“The findings show a promising future prospect of remote ischemic post-conditioning and have important clinical implications,” said researcher Dr. Guo-liang Li, of First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an and Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China.
“As we all know, the therapy has a lot of advantages,” he said, calling it noninvasive, easy-to-use, cost-effective and safe.
Even though clot-busting drugs have saved many stroke patients, 32% do not have a favorable