A pill that ‘mends broken hearts’ – revolutionising the lives of millions – could be available in just a decade.
It tricks damaged tissue into healing itself, making it easier for weaker hearts to pump blood round the body.
British researchers are so impressed by preliminary results they say the drug could be in widespread use in ten years.
They envisage those at high risk of having a heart attack taking it in advance, to prime their hearts into producing healthy new cells when the need arises.
Crucially, the self-repair removes any risk the new cells will be rejected by the body.