‘Hot’ bac­te­ria to boost your heart

Irish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

THE way plants make food has in­spired a new ap­proach to treat­ing heart dis­ease.

The prin­ci­ples of pho­to­syn­the­sis — where plants and some bac­te­ria con­vert car­bon diox­ide into oxy­gen and nu­tri­ents with the help of sun­light — is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by re­searchers at Stan­ford Univer­sity in the U.S.

The re­searchers ap­plied this idea to heart dis­ease pa­tients, whose poor blood flow means they lack oxy­gen but can have ex­cess car­bon diox­ide in cells.

The study in­volved in­ject­ing bac­te­ria into the hearts of rats with poor blood flow and then ex­pos­ing them to sun­light for 20 min­utes. The re­sults showed that the rats had more oxy­gen in their blood and cells, and their hearts worked bet­ter.

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