Cardiac Remote Ischemic Preconditioning Prior to Elective Major Vascular Surgery
The investigators have previously shown that elective vascular surgery is a high-risk operation with an anticipated risk of either death or heart attack of 15%. This study is testing whether a protocol of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) applied 24 hours prior to the operation is safe, feasible and reduces the incidence of an adverse, perioperative cardiac complication.
• Undergoing elective major vascular surgery at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid disease or limb ischemia.
• Age > 18.
• Provides informed consent.