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Experimental Drug Reduces Heart Attacks

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Posted on Apr 09, 2019

Experiments have shown promise in a drug that can reduce the damage that heart attacks have on the heart. Catharine Paddock states that the drug will have a big effect on the “proteins that play a role in the death of heart muscle cells”. Experiments on mice that showed that this drug can reduce the effects that have occurred after a heart attack. It reduces heart failure by inducing oxidative stress.

Lack of nutrients and oxygen to the heart can cause myocardial infarction also known as a heart attack. A Heart attack happens when the cells of the heart become stressed and are damaged during the process. This will eventually lead to the heart to die. Blood clots can also occur and keep arteries clogged. This is common among many adults. Around 5.7 million adults have had heart failure in the United States.

Some symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath and fatigue with everyday activities. It can also lead to weight gain in areas such as stomach and legs. These symptoms happen when heart cells become stressed or create stress signals. The drug works best when given 1 hour after restoring blood flow to the heart. It reduced injury to the heart “by more than 50 percent”.

These experiments could have positive impacts on medicine and the way we practice medicine on humans.