Heart Regeneration: Science Fact or Fiction

After a heart attack the damage to the heart cannot be reversed. Damage can’t be undone. If you have been unfortunate to have suffered a heart attack at some time you will be aware of the restriction it puts on your quality of life both physically and mentally.

Think about this. What would it mean to you if you were told that you could go from being breathless just sitting in a chair (one of the after-effects of a heart attack) to getting up and walking around the room with no effort at all? I personally can’t imagine how you would feel because I do not know what it is like to suffer a heart attack (I hope I never have to find out).

Just take these pills and in sooner, rather than later, you will be back to your old self. At one time this would be the stuff science fiction is made of or is it? It would appear that science fiction is quickly becoming science fact.

Supported by the British Heart Foundation, Scientists at the University of London have found a pill that repairs the heart. They have found a molecule, thymosin, that has allowed them to grow new heart muscle in mice. Thymosin awakens the now dormant cells in adult mice which were responsible for the creation of muscle and blood vessels during the embryonic stage.

Cardiologist Professor Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation said, “We are very excited by this. It’d be great to have a drug that even if they went over the edge and had a heart attack we could salvage their heart.” This is exciting news for heart attack victims although it could be several years away for use on humans.

If you have had a heart attack, know of, or are aware of someone that may benefit from this news story this link will take you to the full story.