Researchers at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, claim they have made an artificial human heart muscle that’s big enough to be used to solve damage seen in heart attack victims. The team said that this development takes us closer towards the aim of repairing dead heart muscles in patients.

The study called “Cardiopatch Platform Enables Maturation and Scale-Up of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Engineered Heart Tissues” published on Nov. 28, 2017, appeared on Nature Communications.

“Right now, virtually all existing therapies are aimed at reducing the symptoms from the damage that’s already been done to the heart, but no approaches have been able to replace the muscle that’s lost, because once it’s dead, it does not grow back on its own,” said Ilya Shadrin — the first author of the study who is also a biomedical engineering doctoral student at Duke University. “This is a way that we could replace lost muscle with tissue made outside the body.”

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