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“Off-the-shelf” patch heals damaged hearts

Written by Nick Dinsmoor

April 9, 2020

“Off-the-shelf” patch heals damaged hearts

Researchers have developed a synthetic cardiac patch that can help repair damaged tissue from a heart attack. The patch, which uses decellularized pig heart tissue and synthetic cardiac cells, increased cardiac function by 50% and reduced scarring by 30% in a rat model in just three weeks.

But why synthetic? Using living cells can result in tumors and immune system rejections from heart attack patients.

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