Blood pressure cuff boosts CABG survival

The humble blood pressure cuff could be the answer to boosting post-op survival after cardiac bypass surgery, a new study suggests.

The procedure, known as remote ischaemic preconditioning, involves briefly cutting off then restoring the blood supply to a remote part of the body such as the arm.

It has been known for years that the procedure reduces myocardial ischaemic injury in MI patients and those undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions.

Now German researchers have shown the approach