Preliminary results show pill could mend heart problems

10th June 2011

Scientists have been so impressed with the results of a pill which helps heart problems they have said it could be on the market within ten years.

Researchers at the British Heart Foundation have developed the pill which claims to mend broken hearts, saying that the medicine can trick damaged tissue into healing itself, making it easier for weaker hearts to pump blood around the body, after tests on mice showed this was effective.

Doctors envisage that the self-repair drug could be given to those at high risk of having a heart attack so the heart could prime itself into producing healthy new cells in advance.

Professor Peter Weissberg, from the British Heart Foundation, said: "We are very excited about this. Even five years ago, people would have said this was science fiction. This is a wonderful example of really good basic science which I think is going to deliver a new treatment for patients."

A study published recently in PNAS claimed that a cancer drug could help to improve heart problems by reducing the size of the heart back to its normal size.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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