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
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