A pill which is capable of allowing damaged hearts to heal itself may be available in seven years, which will be a blessing to millions of people.
The medication is designed to activate the heart to heal itself, which will prove as uncomplicated as mending a broken leg.
Scientists are of the hope that if they can take a leaf out of the zebrafish's heart repair mechanism, the same thing could be applied to humans to help human hearts heal.
Professor Peter Weissberg, the British Heart Foundation's medical director, said
'Since the BHF's inception 50 years ago, we've made great strides in medical research to better diagnose and treat people with all kinds of heart problems. But the biggest issue that still eludes us is how to help people once their heart has been damaged by a heart attack. Scientifically, mending human hearts is an achievable goal and we really could make recovering from a heart attack as simple as getting over a broken leg. We are not trying to palliate the condition, which is what we have been very good at over the years, we are trying to regenerate and repair tissue.'