Protective protein could have future impact on heart patients

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Study says protein could protect against muscle damage during heart attack.

In response to research published by Science about damage control for the heart [1], Judy O’Sullivan, Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) says:

“This is an interesting finding which suggests there may be a protein which is protective against muscle damage during a heart attack, which could potentially be of great benefit to patients.

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“However, it will take many years before this could be confirmed in humans and then several more years before it would lead to the development of drug treatment to be used in clinical practice.”

For more information please call the BHF press office on 020 7487 7172 or 07764 290381 (out of office hours) or email [email protected]

- (1) Statement issued in response to article: Activation of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase-2 Reduces Ischemic Damage to the Heart, Chen et al, Science Vol 321, September 12 2008, p1493-5

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