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Researchers build a patch to help cardiac muscle beat more strongly after a heart attack

20:00 EDT 30 Jul 2017 | AAAS

(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) After a heart attack, scarring of the cardiac muscle limits the heart's ability to pump. With a three-year, $452,000 award from the National Institutes of Health, a team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute aims to address this problem by bioengineering a patch to help cardiac muscle beat more strongly and efficiently. The work centers on biopolymer microthreads that can be braided into cable-like structures that mimic human muscle fibers and other connective tissues.

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