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Matters of the Heart

Published April 29, 2014 11:31 AM by Eleanor Wolfram

As scientists, we know that a heart attack is the death of a portion of the heart muscle caused by the loss of blood supply. There are numerous pharmaceutic and other interventions as there are numerous reasons that cause for a heart attack.

Right now the only major course of action is to perform an organ transplant, but scientists are on the verge of actually repairing a damaged heart muscle by replacement with beating tissue. This will be a major break though when it occurs.

Repairing Tissue Is A Solution

Reportedly scientists have been researching the fixing the heart by conducting repairs to the tissue. A repair it seems that cardiologists, chemical engineers and other medical professionals are in the process of developing heart tissue that copies the natural heart beat. The tissue will actually mimic the heart muscle’s beat.

According to Nasim Annabi, PhD’s presentation at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) conference, “Repairing damaged hearts could help millions of people around the world live longer, healthier lives."

The unique elastic hydrogel with microscale technologies to create an artificial cardiac tissue that mimics the mechanical and biological properties of the native heart will meet the challenge according to researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston and the University of Sydney in Australia. Future work will be done of building the cells and making the correct hydrogels for the tissue scaffold.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram


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