Monday, May 9, 2011

Self Repair of Heart Tissue Possible

Human heart. Picture taken during autopsy.Image via WikipediaColumbia engineers patch a heart

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have established a new method to patch a damaged heart using a tissue-engineering platform that enables heart tissue to repair itself. This breakthrough, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is an important step forward in combating cardiovascular disease, one of the most serious health problems of our day.

Cells those can grow to any type of cell in the right environment are patched to the damaged heart area (may be after a heart attack) on a protein scaffold. The calls formed blood vessels and the protein stimulated the heart muscle to repair itself.
The researchers also working on a project which can produce blood vessels and heart muscles at the same time.
This will perhaps be the greatest break through in damaged heart treatment.

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