Source: British Heart Foundation
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Date of publication: February 2018
Publication type: Research
In a nutshell: Scientists at the University of Oxford are to investigate how fixing a ‘broken volume control’ could help people with heart failure. Professor David Paterson has been awarded £618,000 by the British Heart Foundation to study how to repair a broken link to nerve cells that exacerbates damage caused by cardiovascular disease.
Professor David Paterson, head of the physiology, anatomy and genetics department, said: “When the heart muscle is injured by a heart attack or high blood pressure it can lead to heart failure, where it lacks the power to pump blood around the body efficiently.
“This is associated with an increase in the release of a chemical called noradrenaline from nerves, which makes the heart speed up when stressed.
“In healthy hearts, a special messenger in these nerves can tell them not to release too much noradrenaline, a bit like turning down a volume switch.
“In diseased hearts this messenger no longer works so the volume is constantly high. This puts the heart under extra strain as it is continually working harder than it needs too.
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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation