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Date of publication: August 2017
Publication type: News item
In a nutshell: One of the causes of heart failure is cardiomyopathy, which is when the heart muscle has become stretched, thickened or stiff.
Researchers wanted to see if a protein called cardiotrophin 1 could help stimulate the growth of new muscle cells.
The study found the protein promoted heart cell growth, similar to the way exercise increases heart strength. The effect of the protein was also reversible, as are the effects of exercise.
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