Naturally-occuring Protein May Be Effective In Limiting Heart Attack Injury And Restoring Function

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 19:21 in Health & Medicine

Researchers have shown for the first time that thrombopoietin, a naturally occurring protein being developed as a pharmaceutical to increase platelet count in cancer patients during chemotherapy, can also protect the heart against injury during a heart attack. Currently there are no therapies available to directly protect the heart against the damaging effects of a heart attack. The study was published in Cardiovascular Research.

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