The patch contains millions of living cells that are transplanted into a patient's heart to replace lost heart muscle and restore damage from a heart attack.
Each patch is 3cm long and 2cm wide, developed from the patient's own cells, kept in the laboratory for three to four weeks. The patch then becomes a healthy muscle, while securing a chemical that can repair and regenerate existing heart cells.
"Doctors can prescribe this patch with a prescription for heart failure patients. The patch will be transplanted directly into the patient's heart," said Dr. Richard Jabbour, a cardiologist at the Royal University research group. Londoners built heart patches, said. "We hope in the future, heart patches will be widely used in the treatment of heart attacks."
At the annual meeting of the June 5 British Heart Association in Manchester, scientists at the Royal College of London (UK) said testing in rabbits demonstrated the safety of the heart patch. Human trials will be conducted over the next two years.
A heart attack occurs when the artery is blocked, blood is not circulated to the heart muscle, causing the heart to lack oxygen and nutrients. These symptoms reduce the heart's pumping capacity, leading to heart failure.
"Heart failure weakens our health, completely changes people's lives, but there is no cure. Patients experience numerous difficulties with daily tasks," said Professor Metin Avkiran from the British Heart Foundation. . "If we can repair the heart and help the heart recover, the future of cardiovascular patients will change."