Cell transplant can reduce risk of heart condition

Transplanting genetically engineered cells into the heart may reduce the risk of a fatal condition which occurs after heart attack, research suggests.

Ventricular tachycardia – an unusually fast heart rhythm – is the main cause of sudden death after heart attack.  In mice, transplants of skeletal muscle cells engineered to produce a specific protein prevented the condition.

Experts said the study in Nature should help to direct research on using stem cells to treat heart attacks in humans.

Source:  BBC News


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