Researchers from UCLA have discovered that cells that form scars in the heart can change into the kind of cells that help the heart to heal. The study focused on the scar-forming cells, known as fibroblasts, and their ability to transform into endothelial cells, which form blood vessels. That discovery could pave the way for a new strategy to treat heart-attack patients, because increasing the number of blood vessels in the heart increases its ability to heal.
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New Hope for Healing the Heart