Microbubbles Saving Hearts
A team of researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Sao Paulo Medical Center have successfully demonstrated usage of ultrasound-activated microbubbles to preserve heart muscle tissue post-heart attack in pig models. This research is now in Phase 1 of human clinical trials, and is targeted at patients who do not immediately receive medical attention after a heart attack due to transport time. This treatment opens up blocked arteries caused by the heart attack and could drastically reduce the damage done when heart tissue begins to die from oxygen starvation.
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