Researchers find possible repairing mechanisms for heart attack victims
February 23, 2012
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute reports that each year nearly 1.2 million Americans have a heart attack. Symptoms of an attack may include chest pain or discomfort or the feeling of fullness among other signs.
When a person suffers a heart attack the tissue around the heart can also get damaged, weakening the heart. A recent breakthrough by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, may have found a new method for repairing the damaged cardiac tissue.
Researchers recently announced the development of hydrogel, a liquid that works to repair the damaged cells people develop after suffering a heart attack. The material is made out of actual cardiac connective tissue that scientists take from the heart muscle cells during a cleansing process. The tissue is then freeze-dried and transformed into a powder. From this point, the material is then turned into a liquid form that is then easily injected directly into a heart attack survivor's heart.
Once the material is injected, it goes to work to repair the damaged cardiac tissue and helps to further preserve healthy heart function. As of now, the product has only been tested on mice, but it may be a real option for heart attack victims down the line, once more studies have been done on the hydrogel.
Heart attacks can happen at anytime. Those living alone might consider installing a senior alert system to be prepared should a heart attack or another emergency occur.