Easing the Pain of Heart Disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/25/02

Easing the Pain of Heart Disease

There's new evidence that gene therapy can help ease the pain of Heart Disease. Researchers injected a gene called FG-F4 into the hearts of patients with chronic severe chest pain. Patients who got the gene therapy could exercise longer without pain than those who got a placebo. The therapy is thought to work by triggering the growth of new blood vessels, getting more blood to the heart to relieve Angina, or chest pain.

It's estimated seven million people in the United States suffer from the debiltating pain of Angina. Researchers say more studies are needed. Already a bigger study is underway that includes 100 centers around the country.

The study is published in the Heart Association's Journal Circulation. The study was conducted by researchers at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Michigan.

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