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Arm squeezing with blood pressure cuffs may improve stroke recovery

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Reuters Health - 08/10/2020 - Patients given the clot-busting drug tPA after a stroke may have improved recovery with the addition of repeated remote ischemic postconditioning, a new study suggests. The therapy involves using blood pressure cuffs to repeatedly cut off blood flow, then restore it, over approximately 40 minutes, according to the report published in Neurology. "Repeated remote ischemic postconditioning (RIPC) combined with clot-busting drugs, namely as IV tPA in this study, can significantly facilitate recovery of nerve function and improve clinical prognosis of patients with stroke," said Dr. Guoliang Li, an associate professor in cardiology at the Atrial Fibrillation Centre at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiatong University in China. "The combined therapy of RIPC and IV tPA has a lot of advantages, such as being noninvasive, easy-to-use, cost effective, safe and feasible," Dr. Li said in an email. "However, more studies are needed to...


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