Using Hydrogels to Heal Damaged Hearts

During a heart attack, clots or narrowed arteries block blood flow, harming or killing cells within the tissue. Afterwards, those damaged tissues may weaken and pump less blood. Researchers may have discovered an effective treatment to heart failure, in the form of hydrogels. In animal tests, injections of hydrogels into the heart were able to strengthen weakened areas and prevent heart failure.

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Read the full research in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.

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