Harvard Heart Letter

From the cutting edge: Patch heals heart

A bioengineered collagen patch can heal heart attack damage, a recent mouse study suggests.

When a heart attack cuts off the blood supply to the heart muscle, heart cells die. Nothing can bring them back. Efforts to replace these dead cells with living cells from outside the body, such as stem-cell approaches, have not been particularly successful.

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