DREAM: Daily REmote Ischaemic Conditioning Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction

Principal Investigator: Professor Sir Nilesh Samani
Study Start: October 2012

nurse and blood pressureResearch has shown that when a blood pressure cuff is applied to the arm or leg and intermittently inflated and deflated, a slew of chemicals are released. This technique, known as remote ischemic conditioning (RIC), has exciting possibilities for limiting the amount of damage to the heart if used during or shortly after a Myocardial Infarction (commonly known as a heart attack). However, little is known about the potential of RIC to affect the long-term changes that lead to heart failure.

The DREAM study is a randomised controlled trial, currently being run in patients’ homes across Leicestershire. The study aims to test whether RIC applied on a daily basis for 28 days following a heart attack can help prevent the changes that may ultimately otherwise lead to heart failure. The study will look at changes in the heart following treatment using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and chemical markers in the blood.

For more information about the DREAM study please email Dr Andrew Vanezis (Clinical Research Fellow) or Ellie Clarke (Research Nurse).

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