This “Beating” Heart Patch Could Repair Broken Hearts

A heart attack can leave a heart permanently damaged. However, these new “beating” patches might be able to save the lives of those with damaged hearts.

This 3D Bioprinted Organ Just Took Its First “Breath”

Read More:
About Heart Attacks
“Scar tissue may form in the damaged area, and that scar tissue does not contract or pump as well as healthy muscle tissue. As a consequence, the extent of damage to the heart muscle can impact how well the heart pumps blood throughout the body.”

Lab-grown patch of heart muscle and other cells could fix ailing hearts
“Over the past 20 years, the bioengineer from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has been developing a ‘patch’ that could take the place of the cells destroyed by a heart attack. In rodents, he has found it can hook up to the circulatory system and contract.”

Heart patch could limit muscle damage in heart attack aftermath
“Prior research had shown that mechanical patches could be effective, the researchers say, but no one had done any research on what the optimum mechanical properties of such a patch might be. As a result, the thickness and stiffness of potential patches varies widely. And getting those properties right is important.”


Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested on all the compelling, innovative and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond.

Seeker explains every aspect of our world through a lens of science, inspiring a new generation of curious minds who want to know how today’s discoveries in science, math, engineering and technology are impacting our lives, and shaping our future. Our stories parse meaning from the noise in a world of rapidly changing information.

Visit the Seeker website

Elements on Facebook

Subscribe now!

Seeker on Twitter

Seeker on Facebook


Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

How Do Ducks Stay Dry?
Could a solar storm wipe out civilization as we know it? | Michelle Thaller | Big Think
How decades of stopping forest fires made them worse
How Electron Spin Makes Matter Possible
Adopting a culturally fluid mindset | Mohamedhussein Raza | TEDxOysterbay

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *