British scientists have come up with
an injection which could reduce the devastating effects of heart attack
and stroke and save thousands of victims. This new
antibody cuts the devastating inflammatory tissue damage to the heart and brain
after an attack by almost 60%.
Interrupted blood flow to the heart
and brain leads to heart attack and stroke respectively. But the major damage
occurs later when the body's defenses attack the oxygen-starved cells generally
9-12 hours after the attack. This new injection when administered after an
attack can stop the body from attacking the cells.
Prof Wilhelm Schwaeble, of Leicester
University said, "This is potentially the biggest breakthrough in the treatment
of heart attacks and strokes ever."