Scientists from King’s College in London are using the same mRNA technology from the Covid vaccines to try and regenerate heart cells and treat heart attacks.
Reportedly, the treatment involves introducing mRNA into the heart which causes the cells to produce proteins and generate new heart cells, repairing any damage that may be present.
This is similar to the technology used to create the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines.
The lead researcher on the project, Professor Mauro Giacca, spoke of the technology.
“We are all born with a set number of muscle cells in our heart and they are exactly the same ones we will die with,” he said.
“The heart has no capacity to repair itself after a heart attack. Our goal has been to find a treatment that can convince surviving cells to proliferate.
“Regenerating a damaged human heart has been a dream until a few years ago, but can now become a reality.”
A heart attack is known to kill up to 100 billion heart cells – cells which cannot heal themselves or be replaced, potentially causing complications down the road.
Giacca claimed that the technology, by injecting “micro RNAs” into the heart, would replace dead heart tissue with new, fresh, living tissue.
While no tests have been conducted on human subjects to date, it is claimed that tests on damaged pig hearts have been successful.
Notably, according to the US CDC, there have been rare reports of heart complications following mRNA vaccination for Covid-19.
As found on the CDC website: