Rethinking Methods to Prevent and Reverse Heart Damage
Every year, nearly 800,000 Americans experience a heart attack. One in 5 heart attacks happen without the patient ever being aware, yet can cause permanent damage and greatly reduce longevity and quality of life.
Repairing Heart Muscle: Parallel Paths
Original thinkers, Drs. Houser and Koch are pursuing dramatically different ways to improve outcomes and change the lives of patients with heart disease.
After a heart attack, the heart “remodels” itself — changing its shape to compensate for dead and damaged heart tissue — which actually makes the heart less efficient and leads to further heart failure. Dr. Houser’s team is working to reduce injury after a heart attack to improve the structure and function of the heart— a novel approach to stop this harmful remodeling process as soon as possible.
Reversing the effects of heart failure requires a different approach. Dr. Koch’s team uses gene therapy after a heart attack, focusing on a special enzyme that regulates the force and speed of the heart’s contraction.
This research will move into clinical trials soon — signaling a major transformation in heart disease treatment.
At Temple Health, we find solutions to complex conditions — creating new hope and better options for patients with heart disease.