Researchers have discovered that the hearts of newborn piglets have one remarkable ability. They can almost completely heal themselves after experimental heart attacks. This regenerative capacity is short-lived -- disappearing by day three after birth, and this is the first time the ability regrow heart muscle has been shown in large mammals, the researchers report in the journal Circulation. This research has impactful clinical implications, says UAB researcher Jianyi 'Jay' Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
- National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association