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Innovative Form of Cardiac Patches That Make Use of Nanotechnology Developed

by Kathy Jones on  February 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have created cardiac patches that use nanotechnology to enhance the conductivity of materials to induce cardiac tissue formation.
 Innovative Form of Cardiac Patches That Make Use of Nanotechnology Developed
Innovative Form of Cardiac Patches That Make Use of Nanotechnology Developed
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Creation of these ultra-thin cardiac patches put medicine a step closer to durable, high-functioning artificial tissues that could be used to repair damaged hearts and other organs.

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The cardiac tissue patches utilize a hydrogel scaffolding reinforced by nanomaterials called carbon nanotubes. To create the patches, the researchers seeded neonatal rat heart muscle tissue onto carbon nanotube-infused hydrogels. These novel patches showed excellent mechanical integrity and advanced electrophysiological functions. Moreover, they demonstrated a protective effect against chemicals toxic to heart tissue.



Source: Eurekalert
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