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New research to find cure for heart disease

1st February 2011

A new research project has been launched by the British Heart Foundation to look for a way of curing heart failure.

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Heart failure affects three-quarters of a million people in the UK and is a disease which targets the heart muscle.

The research will look at whether the healing properties inherent in zebrafish - a species which is able to heal its own heart - could be used to help people with the condition.

Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said: "Since the BHF's inception 50 years ago, we've made great strides in medical research to better diagnose and treat people with all kinds of heart problems.

"But the biggest issue that still eludes us is how to help people once their heart has been damaged by a heart attack. Scientifically, mending human hearts is an achievable goal and we really could make recovering from a heart attack as simple as getting over a broken leg," he added.

Professor Weissberg said the research programme would require £50 million in order to make their aims possible within the next decade.

The researchers will use stem cells in order to find ways of repairing or replacing damaged heart muscles.

 

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