'Preconditioning' Helps Protect Brain's Blood Vessels from Stroke
Preventing Brain from Stroke
Challenging brain tissue with a small noxious stimulus beforehand gives it a resilience that can lessen damage to blood vessels during a stroke, report researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
"This preconditioning works along the theory of 'what doesn't kill me makes me stronger,'" explains senior researcher Dr. Costantino Iadecola, the George C. Cotzias distinguished professor of neurology and neuroscience and Director of Neurobiology at Weill Cornell, and attending neurologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
"We already knew that preconditioning helps minimize damage to heart tissue