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Experts hope to reduce damage to the heart after heart attack

A team of researchers at Newcastle University are to study how to limit the damage caused by heart attacks, thanks to new funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Professor Helen Arthur has been awarded £143,000 to explore how the immune system responds following a heart attack – and if this can be altered in a way that could reduce damage to the heart.

When a person suffers a heart attack, the body’s natural response is to try to fight back, in the same way it would if an infection or virus was present. This causes inflammation in the injured heart, which can cause further damage to heart cells and reduce their ability to pump blood around the body.

You can read the full press release on the University press office page.

The Newcastle University research team
The Newcastle University research team

published on: 8 October 2018