Synthetic fat limits damage to heart attack victims

August 7th, 2011 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 7 (IANS) A synthetic fat used in treating overdoses of local anaesthetics could also protect heart attack victims.

A University of California, Los Angeles study, led by anaesthesiologist Siamak Rahman, identified how Intralipid, a fat emulsion combining soy bean oil and egg phospholipids, can prevent extensive heart damage.

It could help preserve heart function when used during the return of blood flow to the heart immediately following a heart attack, the journal Anesthesiology reports.

Heart muscle may be damaged after oxygen and nutrients in the blood flow back to deprived cells, after being cut off for sometime, and scientists have been seeking ways to minimise such injury, according to a statement by the varsity.

The findings are not limited to the heart, researchers say, and could potentially be used for any organ suffering a blockage in blood flow or for organs used for transplant.

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