Healthy Hearts after a Heart Attack
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A recent study from the Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute discovered a new method of repairing hearts after injury.
Professor James Martin along with researchers found the Hippo pathway which usually blocks potential heart repair in mice after an injury. Now, researchers have removed those signals allowing the heart to reinvigorate.
"The heart is very poor at repairing itself after various types of injury including the most common injury, the myocardial infarct. We were very excited to see full return of cardiac function in the Hippo-mutant hearts after injury. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and also a little good luck," Martin was quoted as saying.
Although the study was successful in the testing of mice, human hearts are not as easy to repair after a heart attack. But, this may be a breakthrough in the severity of heart disease.
For more information, go to: http://bionews-tx.com/news/2013/11/20/bcm-texas-heart-institute-report-breakthrough-in-adult-heart-repair/
SOURCE: Development, November 2013
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