An Indiana University School of Medicine researcher, Thomas
D. Hurley and Stanford University
researchers report that a protein may reduce the damage caused by heart attack.
The researchers found higher levels of the ALDH2 enzyme in
lab rats that were resistant to heart muscle damage caused by heart attack.
The researchers found that boosting the levels of this
enzyme before triggering a heart attack in the mice, reduced heart muscle damage
"We've found a totally new pathway for reducing the
damage caused by free-radicals, such as the damage that happens during a heart
attack," said lead author Dr Daria Mochly-Rosen, a researcher at Stanford
The details appear in the journal Science.