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Maintaining a Healthy Heart Through Bile Acids

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis -- a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment...
The study discovered the specific triggers activating the development of fibrosis which accelerates heart failure. Blocking the triggers through the use of a specific kind of bile acid prevented cardiac fibrosis from occurring...
"It offers hope to those who are living with heart failure," [says] Luis Agellon, co-principal investigator and a professor at McGill University's School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. "Prevention of fibrosis will extend the ability of the heart to function, even if at a reduced capacity. Currently patients with heart failure have poor quality of life and a dismal prognosis. Improving their quality of life will do wonders for these individuals."
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