WCPO: UC research could repair heart damage
Yigang Wang leads team developing new method to treat heart attacks
When a person suffers a heart attack, millions of heart muscle cells are starved of oxygen and die. Once the cells in the heart die, there’s no natural system in the human body to replace them.
Yigang Wang, MD, director of the regenerative medicine division in UC's College of Medicine, is leading the UC research team that is looking for solutions to repair the damaged tissue.
Wang and his team are developing a cell patch, a lab-grown patch of muscle that would help replace damaged cells and allow the heart to repair itself.
Along with repairing damaged tissue, the method would reduce the need for more invasive procedures.
“If we can put the cell patch on the surface of the infarcted area, that will help the person who has serious heart disease or cannot tolerate operation,” Wang told WCPO.
Featured image at top: Xingyu He, a postdoctoral research fellow, works in the lab of Yigang Wang, MD, a professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, who has developed a technology that regenerates and repairs heart cells. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Marketing + Brand
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