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Recovering from a myocardial infarction (a.k.a. “heart attack”) is difficult to say the least.  It also presents a new and serious health challenge; the threat of heart failure.  In fact, this disease causes approximately 5,000,000 annual deaths in the U.S. alone.  Thus, novel therapies are desperately needed to treat this debilitating and deadly disease.

The Murry laboratory is determining, in simple terms, how to build a heart … from scratch!  Using embryonic and adult stem cells, Dr. Murry’s team is engineering live cardiac muscle that functions normally.  It contains blood vessels (orange rings pictured), it contracts when stimulated, even in the culture plate, and it can be transplanted onto diseased hearts.  This exciting research has the potential to improve the treatment of heart failure and to restore cardiac function in patients recovering from a heart attack, in those with a debilitating cardiac myopathy and even some with specific forms of muscular dystrophy.

Want more information on cell therapeutics for treating heart failure?  Interested in supporting this research?  The Murry lab wants to hear from you.

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