Injectable hydrogel 'could repair effects of a heart attack'

24 February 2012

A new injectable hydrogel could enhance how a human being's body recovers from severe heart problems.

Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have created the material, which has the capability to repair tissue damage following a heart attack.

Deemed to be both safe and effective in its delivery, the hydrogel looks set to be the first established treatment which exclusively tends to damaged cardiac tissue.

Karen Christman and her colleagues at the California-based institute are the brains behind the development, with the researchers creating the hydrogel using cardiac connective tissue which is taken from heart muscle cells.

Commenting on the potential breakthrough, Ms Christman said: "It helps to promote a positive remodelling-type response, not a pro-inflammatory one in the damaged heart."

University of Nottingham researchers have also looked into new treatments for heart problems, with a team at the institution developing a mathematical model of the vital human organ which displays its calcium activity process.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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