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Scientists uncover key clue for protecting hearts against deadly arrhythmia

from Medical News Today

A study, funded by the British Heart Foundation and Medical Research Council has shed new light on how carbon monoxide could be used to protect against life-threatening arrhythmias after a heart attack. Restoring blood flow to the heart following a heart attack can leave patients with ventricular fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm that puts people at greater risk of sudden cardiac death. Previous research has shown carbon monoxide, which is produced naturally in heart cells, can guard against ventricular fibrillation, however the mechanism behind why this happens was unknown. more

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