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New Method to Grow Arteries Could Lead to ‘Biological Bypass’ for Heart Disease

ScienceDaily (Mar. 9, 2010) — A new method of growing arteries could lead to a “biological bypass” — or a non-invasive way to treat coronary artery disease, Yale School of Medicine researchers report with their colleagues in the April issue of Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Coronary arteries can become blocked with plaque, leading to a decrease in the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Over time this blockage can lead to debilitating chest pain or heart attack. Severe blockages in multiple major vessels may require coronary artery bypass graft surgery, a major invasive surgery.

“Successfully growing new arteries could provide a biological option for patients facing bypass surgery,” said lead author of the study Michael Simons, M.D., chief of the Section of Cardiology at Yale School of Medicine.

Science Daily, March 9, 2010

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Written by heartcurrents

March 9, 2010 at 8:13 am

Posted in heart conditions

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