Matters of the Heart
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.