Saturday, December 17, 2005

Study heralds new heart treatment

Scientists believe they may have discovered a promising new way to treat heart disease in the future.

A study in rats suggests tiny protein fibres may be used to cut heart attack damage by stopping key cells, called cardiomyocytes, from dying.

A Harvard Medical School study showed injecting tiny fibres laced with a protective chemical into heart muscles kept the rats' organs working normally.

The study is published online by the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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