Damage from a heart attack is quick, and in an effort to circumvent the damage, doctors have to act quickly, which in some cases can cause even more damage. Holes in the heart membrane during an attack are the target of a new research project at the University of Minnesota using pigs as human models. By injecting a molecule that acts like a “bandage” for the cell membrane, hopefully plugging the holes in the membrane and minimizing further damage.
A preliminary project, utilizing the molecule in animals to determine if patients with muscular dystrophy could prevent heart damage, paved the way for the new study to see how the molecule travels and its application for heart attacks and strokes. Success could mean less heart and brain damage and a decrease in post attack heart failure and disability. Click below to read more about this amazing heart “bandage” science.