Imperial College Discovers Covid Vaccine Technology Can Help Cure Heart Attacks
Scientists say mRNA technology used in Covid vaccines can be used to cure hear attacks.
17:35 20 April 2022
Genetic tracking used to create Covid vaccines is now being explored as a possible option in regenerating hearts following damage from cardiac arrest.
King's College London's scientists are now working on gaining a better understanding of genetic codes called mRNAs that produce proteins to generate healthy heart cells. Their research aims to help discover the world's first cure for heart attack victims.
Lead researcher Professor Mauro Giacca said: 'We are all born with a set number of muscle cells in our heart and they are exactly the same ones we will die with. The heart has no capacity to repair itself after a heart attack. Our goal has been to find a treatment that can convince surviving cells to proliferate.
'Regenerating a damaged human heart has been a dream until a few years ago, but can now become a reality.
'We are using exactly the same technology as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to inject micro RNAs to the heart, reaching surviving heart cells and pushing their proliferation. The new cells would replace the dead ones and instead of forming a scar, the patient has new muscle tissue.'