A study to find out the effect of remote ischemic post conditioning of lower limb in patients of acute myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention


  • Sreedhara R. Department of Cardiology, SNMH, Shimoga, Karnataka, India
  • Vishwa Deepak Tripathi Department of Cardiology, Vindhya Hospital and Research Centre, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India




Acute myocardial infarction, pPCI, RIPC, STEMI


Background: Reperfusion therapy of affected myocardium is among the most successful method for infarct size reduction and achieving the better outcome in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) is among best procedures for successful reperfusion therapy which has effect in reduction of size of infarct, maintaining ventricular function for better outcome. In this study, authors were aimed to assess whether remote ischemic post-conditioning (RIPC) of lower limb could reduce enzymatic infarct size in patients with acute STEMI undergoing pPCI.

Methods: A case control, cross sectional, hospital based randomized study was carried out in Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, IPGMER, Kolkata, from February 2014 to October 2015. Total 40 patients (20 cases and 20 controls) who were undergoing primary PCI for acute myocardial infarction were taken for study. In the active treatment group, the protocol was started with thrombectomy. The lower limb was exposed to 3 cycles of ischemia/reperfusion, each obtained by 5 min cuff inflation at 200mmHg, followed by 5 min complete deflation. End point of the study will be enzymatic infarct size assessed by the area under the curve of creatine kinase-myocardial band (CK-MB) release.

Results: The AUC of serum CK release during the first 72 hours of reperfusion was significantly reduced (p=0.0341) in the post-conditioned group compared with the control group, averaging 9632 units in postconditioned compared with 13493 units in control group which represented 26% of reduction of infarct size.

Conclusions: Remote ischemic post conditioning of lower limb significantly improves blush grading and enzymatic infarct size reduction with a trend towards significant reduction of mean ST segment deviation.


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