– Lead investigator Dr Alexander Lyon
"Our goal is to fight back against heartfailure by targeting and reversing some of the critical molecular changesarising in the heart when it fails."
"Previous research suggests that a proteinproduced by the gene can restore function to failing hearts, and reduce therisk of death and heart transplants."
Doctors will randomly treathalf the patients with a harmless virus carrying a corrective gene. The restwill receive an inactive placebo treatment.
Previous research suggests that a protein produced by the gene can restore function to failing hearts, and reduce the risk of death and heart transplants.
A revolutionary gene therapy treatment forheart failure is to be trialed at a London Hospital. Over the next three to six weeks, patients with severe chronic heart failure, will be treated by doctors at the Royal Brompton Hospital.