There has been much activity lately in the area of regenerative therapy for patients with a weakened heart muscle
. Several different types of cellular injections are being studied to determine if they can improve heart muscle
function under certain conditions, such as after a large heart attack that results in congestive heart failure.
The scar forms a barrier to these signals so that they can't reach the heart muscle
But when the damage is permanent, the heart muscle
becomes weaker and at risk for potential arrhythmias.
As the heart muscle
becomes thicker the chambers within the heart get smaller and so can hold a smaller volume of blood.
Changes to a normal ECG recording can provide insight into electrolyte abnormalities, structural heart conditions like hypertrophy (thickening of the heart muscle
) or diseases like sarcoidosis or amyloidosis, in which muscle tissue is replaced by protein.
The finding suggests that not all individuals are destined to permanent heart muscle
loss after a heart attack, but rather some can naturally recover both heart muscle
mass and function.
Within a couple of days, the micro tissues resembled heart muscle
both structurally and functionally.
A second cocktail of chemicals and growth factors helped transition the cells to become heart muscle
Over time, the heart muscle
becomes thicker to compensate for the extra work it must perform.
The condition is caused by the narrowing of a major valve, which puts heart muscle
under pressure and reduces its capacity to pump properly.
Under this extra workload, the heart muscle
dilates, the walls of the heart thin, and the heart further remodels, thereby causing another cycle of dilation and overcompensation.
Hawthorn has additional characteristics that strengthen and tone the heart muscle
, (2) making it a potential adjuvant therapy in the face of congestive heart failure.