Pain during a heart attack 'can be a good sign'

17 April 2012

People who suffer a heart attack could actually benefit should they feel pain throughout the process.

Research carried out by academics at the University of Bristol's School of Clinical Sciences found that aches during a heart attack can help the heart to minimise the damage it is subjected to.

The study was put together after funding from the British Heart Foundation and the European Union and offers new insights into the development of this severe heart problem.

According to the team behind the research, pain signals from cardiac nerves during a heart attack can act as a message for stem cells to reach the site of the blockage and carry out repairs to overcome some of the damage.

Professor Paolo Madeddu, chair of experimental cardiovascular medicine in the School of Clinical Sciences and Bristol Heart Institute at the University of Bristol, stated: "Our discovery shows that pain receptors are involved in repairing damaged blood vessels, through recruiting stem cells, and could point towards new ways to harness the body's natural mechanisms of repair."

Meanwhile, researchers at the University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences have also suggested that people with high blood glucose levels can better fight against advanced heart failure.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...



© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)