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'Injection could help heart failure patients'

'Injection could help heart failure patients'
18th January 2008

A new injection could "trick" the body into healing heart failure, according to researchers.

A study conducted at the Methodist Hospital in Texas showed that patients with mild heart failure were 39 per cent less likely to die or need hospital treatment after having the immune modulation therapy jabs.

Professor Guillermo Torre-Amione, who led the research, told the Daily Mail: "These are probably the best results we have ever seen in a heart failure study."

The injection works by damaging a number of blood cells to trick the body into producing anti-inflammatory cells that heal damaged hearts, in the aftermath of an attack.

The results of the study, which is published in The Lancet, showed that of the 1,213 patients given the injection, only 399 were admitted to hospital compared with 429 members of a placebo group of the same size.

According to the BBC, heart failure affects at least one in a hundred people throughout the UK and is responsible for one in 20 admissions to hospital.

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