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Pathophysiology of Ischemia/Reperfusion-induced Myocardial Injury: What We Have Learned From Preconditioning and Postconditioning?

Author(s): Pitchai Balakumar | Bharat Pateliya | Gurfateh Singh | Manjeet Singh

Journal: Iranian Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
ISSN 1735-2657

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 115;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Ischemia/reperfusion injury | Preconditioning | Postconditioning

Organ damage after reperfusion of previously viable ischemic tissues is defined as ischemia/reperfusion injury. The pathophysiology of ischemia/reperfusion injury involves cellular effect of ischemia, reactive oxygen species and inflammatory cascade. Protection against ischemia/reperfusion injury may be achieved by preconditioning or postconditioning. In this review, we discuss basic mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of ischemia/reperfusion injury. Moreover, the pharmacology of preconditioning and postconditioning is delineated.
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