Patients who have recently undergone an operation experience less breathing problems after being given a cocktail of vitamins C and E. This is the conclusion reached by researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center following experiments with patients and healthy volunteers.
During the first two to three days after a major abdominal operation, most patients have frequent episodes of airway obstruction and hypoxaemia. This can lead to an increase in the heart rate and blood pressure, which can eventually result in heart muscle damage. An apparently restful patient where nothing seems to be wrong can then suddenly experience an unexpected heart attack.
The breathing problems are a side effect of the necessary sedatives and painkillers which recovering patients receive. The researchers from Leiden discovered that the medicines enhance each other’s undesirable side effects.
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