Producing cardiac patches for people who have suffered heart attacks – to help repair the heart – is a step closer, thanks to new biomedical research.

Research by Feng Zhao, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Michigan Technological University, and her team have identified the most effective way to ‘grow microvessels in tissues suitable for a cardiac patch’ that would be used to regenerate the heart.

“Myocardial infarction is a big problem and currently there is no good treatment for it,” said Prof Feng Zhao. “The cardiac patch is completely biological, comprised of stem cells with vasculature that mimics real tissue, that could help repair a heart.”

Further testing, along with the development of medical technology needed for implants will be the next steps taken by the team.