Scientists have discovered the ability of the “hormone of love” to regenerate heart cells

Scientists from the University of Michigan (USA) have found that the hormone oxytocin, which is also called the “hormone of love”, promotes the transformation of stem cells into cardiomyocytes, which provide heart contractions. This was reported on October 21 by Big Think.

The body does not directly produce this type of cell, so damaged areas of the heart, for example, during a heart attack, are sometimes replaced by scar tissue.

Cardiologists have found that this is a temporary solution of the body, which does not eliminate problems, and in the future can provoke heart failure.

According to the study, oxytocin stimulates the development of stem cells into cardiomyocytes, the muscle cells that generate heart beats and are damaged during a heart attack.

So Aitor Aguirre, an associate professor at Michigan State University, wanted to find a way to induce cardiomyocyte regeneration and subsequently restore cardiac function.

Oxytocin is widely used to treat other diseases, so repurposing it for patients after heart damage is not the limit. Even if the regeneration of the heart is only partial, the benefits for patients could be huge, Aguirre said.

Based on the study, experts recommended the appointment of oxytocin for patients who had a heart attack.

“Oxytocin itself is short-lived in the circulation, so its effect can be hindered. In this case, drugs specifically designed with a longer half-life or greater efficacy may be useful, ”the scientist noted.

Oxytocin is called the “love hormone” because it is responsible for the formation of feelings of affection and causes positive feelings from exercise, art and intimacy.

On October 22, cardiologist Gleb Lunev spoke about the atypical symptoms of a heart attack. According to the specialist, one type of heart attack is manifested by pain in the abdomen. Also, a heart attack can be manifested by shortness of breath or cough.

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