New technology for heart failure

A revolutionary gene therapy treatment for heart failure is about to undergo its first international trial in the UK.

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"Protein restores failing hearts"

"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."

– Lead investigator Dr Alexander Lyon

Research to fight heart failure

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.

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Pioneering heart treatment at city hospital

The Royal Brompton Hospital, one of two where the trails are being conducted Credit: PA

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.

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