The cardioprotective effect of sevoflurane have been proven in experimental and clinical studies. However, it has not been studied so far if this effect on the myocardium is more expressed before the onset of myocardial ischaemia (preconditioning) or after (postconditioning). The aim of this study was to determine whether the cardioprotective effect of sevoflurane was more expressed during the preconditioning or postconditioning phase of coronary bypass grafting operations.

Key words: cardioprotective effect, sevoflurane, volatile anaesthetics, myocardial ischaemia, preconditioning, postconditioning

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