Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks, Preliminary Research Suggests from Science Daily

ScienceDaily (Nov. 23, 2011) — A substance in medicines for cancer and epilepsy could also prevent heart attacks, according to researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who have been using it to stimulate the body's own defense system against blood clots.

Heart attacks are normally caused by the formation of a blood clot in one of the blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. The clot reduces the supply of oxygen, which can very quickly result in irreparable damage to the heart.

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