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US NewsPig hearts could be transplanted into humans within three years – report

08:20  18 august  2019
08:20  18 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Adapted pig hearts could be transplanted into patients within three years , according to a report citing the “If the result of xenotransplantation is satisfactory with porcine kidneys to humans , then it is likely that hearts would be used with good effects in humans within a few years,” the 87-year-old said.

could be transplanted into patients within three years , according a report citing the surgeon who pioneered heart transplantation in the UK. Pigs ’ heart anatomy and physiology is similar to that of humans so they are used as models for developing new treatments. Hopes for a “holy grail” heart

Pig hearts could be transplanted into humans within three years – report © SPCA Adapted hearts from pigs could be transplanted into humans within three years, according to a report (SPCA/PA)

Adapted pig hearts could be transplanted into patients within three years, according a report citing the surgeon who pioneered heart transplantation in the UK.

Sir Terence English, speaking on the 40th anniversary of the first successful heart transplant, told The Sunday Telegraph that his protege from that operation will try to replace a human kidney with a pig’s later this year.

The 87-year-old said: “If the result of xenotransplantation is satisfactory with porcine kidneys to humans then it is likely that hearts would be used with good effects in humans within a few years.

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Pig hearts could be implanted in humans ' within three years ' according to pioneering surgeon who performed Britain's first successful transplant 40 years Sir Terence English, who performed Britain's first ever successful heart transplant , said his mentee from the 1979 operation will try to replace a

could be transplanted into patients within three years , according a report citing the surgeon who pioneered heart transplantation in the UK. Pigs ’ heart anatomy and physiology is similar to that of humans so they are used as models for developing new treatments. Hopes for a “holy grail” heart

Pig hearts could be transplanted into humans within three years – report © Thomson Reuters Medical team perform a heart surgery in an operating room at the Saint-Augustin clinic in Bordeaux, France, October 25. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

“If it works with a kidney, it will work with a heart.

“That will transform the issue.”

Pigs’ heart anatomy and physiology is similar to that of humans so they are used as models for developing new treatments.

Hopes for a “holy grail” heart attack treatment were raised in May after a genetic therapy showed promise in pigs.

An international team of researchers including UK scientists found that delivering a small piece of genetic material called microRNA-199 into a heart damaged by an attack caused the cells to regenerate.

Pig hearts could be transplanted into humans within three years – report © Thomson Reuters Pigs are seen at a farm outside Hanoi, Vietnam June 28, 2019. Picture taken June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kham Myocardial infarction, which is caused by the sudden blocking of one of the cardiac coronary arteries, is the main cause of heart failure.

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Adapted pig hearts could be transplanted into patients within three years , according to a report citing the surgeon who pioneered heart transplantation in the UK. On the 40th anniversary of the first successful heart transplant

could be transplanted into patients within three years , according a report citing the surgeon who pioneered heart transplantation in the UK. successful heart transplant , told The Sunday Telegraph that his protege from that operation will try to replace a human kidney with a pig ’s later this year.

When a patient survives a heart attack, they are left with permanent structural damage to their heart.

An estimated 900,000 people are currently living with heart failure in the UK, while millions more have high blood pressure and both can cause heart attacks.

“A treatment that helps the heart repair itself after a heart attack is the holy grail for cardiologists,” the British Heart Foundation’s chairman of cardiology, Ajay Shah, told the i newspaper.

“This study convincingly demonstrates for the first time that this might actually be feasible and not just a pipe dream,” he added.

Pig hearts could be transplanted into humans within three years – report © Thomson Reuters Pigs are seen in an enclosure at the pig farm of farmer Christian Killer in Alling, Germany, February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle Published in the journal Nature, the research saw scientists deliver microRNA-199 into pigs after a myocardial infarction.

After a month there had been “almost complete recovery” of cardiac function.

However, the scientists have to overcome some considerable obstacles before the genetic therapy can be tested on human heart attack patients.

Most of the treated pigs died following the treatment because the microRNA-199 continued to be expressed in an uncontrolled manner.

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