Researchers in the UK have created a way to help promote tissue regrowth after experiencing a cardiovascular event.

The biodegradable technology could help improve health outcomes for the 1.4 million Britons who have survived a heart attack, as well as set a precedent for further injection technology. Survivors of these types of medical events generally have a higher risk of heart failure post-attack, as heart tissue isn’t easy to regenerate.

University of Manchester researchers have created a gel which can be injected straight into a beating heart. The gel then promotes cells to grow new tissue. Prior to now, only 1% of cells injected into the heart have stayed in place. With the gel now acting as a scaffold, new cells can grow around the heart.

Studies involving ECGs (electrocardiograms) and heart ultrasounds (echocardiograms) showed that the gel was safe when used on mice. More tests are needed to show that the gel repairs cells after a heart attack.

Since innovations in technology have lead to more people surviving heart attacks, it means more people need post-care treatments in order to stay healthy. Hopefully with more time and results, it’ll be possible for this tech to help heart attack survivors around the globe.

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