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'Exercise pill' could potentially help people with heart failure

Conclusion The protein hCT1 caused heart muscles to grow in a more healthy way in rodents with heart failure. When treatment stopped, the heart went back to its original condition – something that does not happen when the heart grows in a dysfunctional way. There is currently no cure for heart failure and treatment is only available for keeping symptoms under control. Therefore, this very promising early-stage research with potential for developing a drug for people with heart failure, has huge implications. However, it is important to remember that as this is experimental laboratory research, there are many more stages and hurdles to clear before a drug could become available. Something that works for rats and mice will not necessarily work for humans as we are anatomically different and biological processes do not happen in exactly the same way. It may also cause future side effects that were not apparent in these short-term laboratory experiments. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, follow your doctor's advice on how you can relieve your symptoms, reduce your risk of complications and improve your overall quality of life. Read more about treating and living with heart failure. Links To The Headlines Pill that mimics effects of going to the gym could transform lives of heart failure patients. Daily Mirror, August 9 2017 Heart disease: 'Exercise pill' that mimics effects of visit to the gym could improve lives. Daily Express, August 9 20...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Source Type: news

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