Researchers at Stanford University and the University of California (San Diego) have developed an innovative protein patch that could be used to return the heart to normal function following a heart attack.
This protein patch is designed to exhibit the same degree of elasticity as regular fetal heart tissue, and is constructed to release the protein over time. The patch was applied to mouse and pig hearts that had suffered from attacks, and was found to promote regeneration of tissue.
While many heart attack sufferers survive, these events can cause permanent damage to the heart and affect its ability to pump blood. This simple protein patch has been shown to return the heart to normal functioning in animals, and it is hoped that such technology could one day be applied to humans.