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Stress-Free Recovery is Better Recovery

New Research Shows Stress Management Could Boost Cardiac Rehabilitation
May 16, 2016

Surviving a heart attack or heart procedure is not the end of the story.

After the damage a heart can endure through the course of heart disease, it needs to heal, and after a heart event or heart surgery, many medical centers recommend a supervised heart rehabilitation program to help in the healing process.

Switching Heart Cells

A heart attack does serious damage to the cells that drive the heart. Cells that would normally create new blood vessels and heal the heart often become useless scar-forming cells. UNC School of Medicine's Eric Ubil discovered a way to reverse this process, turning scar cells into blood-vessel builders and healing the heart in mice. Listen in as UNC-TV's Daniel Lane and Eric Ubil discuss this research, its significance and the next steps toward practical application for patients.

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