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Researchers Map Heart Recovery After Heart Attack with Great Detail

Hubrecht Institute

Photo: Louk Timmer © Hubrecht Institute

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In the Netherlands, an average of 95 people end up in the hospital each day because of a heart attack. During a heart attack, the blood supply to a part of the heart is blocked, for example, due to a blood clot in a coronary artery. Attempts to restore the blood supply are made as soon as possible, also known as reperfusion. However, a part of the heart has already been without oxygen for some time. Depending on the size and duration of the infarction, this causes heart muscle cells – also called cardiomyocytes ...