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Heart failure patient Andrew Bennett spends a day at
Professor Richard Farndale’s lab at the University of Cambridge to
find out whether there could, in fact, be a cure for the
You’ll be familiar with the medication prescribed to help
control your symptoms and stabilise your condition if you have
heart failure. But have you ever
wondered what pioneering research is
going on behind the scenes?
When a heart attack occurs, part of
the muscle becomes starved of blood and oxygen. If the blood supply
is not restored quickly, that part of the muscle dies, which can
lead to heart failure. Currently, there is no way to repair this
permanent damage, but BHF research is aiming to bring new hope.
Our Mending Broken Hearts
Appeal is funding research into stem cells and developmental
biology that could make it possible for the heart to ‘heal itself’
after a heart attack – rather like the way broken bones do.
We arranged for Andrew Bennett, who was diagnosed with heart
failure two years ago, to visit a Mending Broken Hearts lab to find
out how this research could have a positive impact on his life.
Professor Farndale's work
Watch our animation: How do you mend a broken heart?
Find out more about heart failure and watch real people talking about their heart failure
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