New findings have been made about treating patients with heart failure. Scientists have turned skin issue from heart attack patients into new beating cells, similar as those of a new born.
Researches have made an important advance, although this new procedure hasn’t been tried on humans yet. However, the cells look healthy and an experiment on rats has been carried out. This method has some advantages like the possibility that patientis won’t reject the new cells as they are from their own tissues.
An experimemt led by the cardiologist Lior Gepstein, from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, took skin cells from two men aged 51 and 61 who suffered from heart attack. They injected them a virus and after removed it. The cells were injected to rats and it was surprising they beat with the same timing. The latest experiments have shown that this technique has potencial on curing human heart failure.
The article was taken from The Guardian, where you can find a video showing beating heart muscle cells created from skin cells. The original work appears in the European Heart Journal where more information about the research and the discoveries can be found.
In my opinion this is a huge advance on treating heart failure and repairing the tissue damaged after a heart attack. Altough it hasn’t been tested on humans yet, after more experiments and researching it is likely it will work on real patients. Scientis predict that there may take about 10 years to finally know if this new procedure will work.