Miracle seaweed gel 'could save thousands from heart attacks'
Nature continues to provide us with cures for all manner of things and this breakthrough could see thousands of lives saved as the seaweed gel helps form scar tissue as the heart heals.
Even more lives could be saved if people changed their diet and exercise regimes to avoid heart attacks in the first place - even eating seaweed as part of the diet is said to help. This said great news if the human trials go as well as the animal trials.
A gel made from seaweed could save the lives of thousands of people who suffer major heart attacks.
The substance is injected in liquid form into the area of the heart where the tissue has been damaged by an attack.
The gel then solidifies, allowing a thick layer of scar tissue to grow. This helps the heart to continue working normally.
Under usual circumstances, the layer of scar tissue is thinner than normal tissue, which weakens the heart.
In trials, 90 per cent of animals injected with the gel survived a heart attack compared to just 40 per cent who received no treatment at all.