Could this hydrogel repair a broken heart?

(Image courtesy of CÚRAM, National University of Ireland Galway)

European researchers have developed an injectable hydrogel that could help repair and prevent further heart muscle damage after a heart attack.

The therapeutic effect of multiple injections of this hydrogel into the cardiac tissue was assessed during the first preclinical study of its kind, demonstrating its efficacy for cardiac tissue remodeling following a heart attack, according to the researchers at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices based at the National University of Ireland Galway, and BIOFORGE Lab, at the University of Valladolid in Spain. The results of their research have just been published in  Science Translational Medicine.

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