Hans Erik Bøtker
Clinical Professor and chair
Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Aarhus
Remote ischemic conditioning (RIC) is an experimental medical procedure that aims to reduce the severity of ischaemic injury to an organ such as the heart or the brain, most commonly in the situation of a heart attack or a stroke, or during procedures such as heart surgery when the heart may temporary suffer ischaemia during the operation by triggering the body's natural protection against tissue injury. Remote ischaemic conditioning before hospital admission increases myocardial salvage, and has a favourable safety profile. A larger trial to establish the effect of remote conditioning on clinical outcomes is currently in progress.