By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:00 BST, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 16:00 BST, 16 July 2019
Scientists have discovered a cell that lives in the space surrounding the heart and which is capable of helping the heart heal itself.
The heart is surrounded by a sac filled with liquid, called pericardial fluid.
Although tests of the fluid can be used in diagnostics, its function has been otherwise poorly understood.
University of Calgary researchers have discovered that this mysterious fluid contains macrophages, immune cells that help to repair the heart after injury and prevent heart muscle scarring.
The team of scientists is optimistic that their discovery could be harnessed to help prevent or undo the damage of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans.
Scientists have discovered an immune cell in the fluid surrounding the heart that can help the organ heal itself and repair damaged tissue, offering hope for a heart disease treatment
The heart is a unique organ in a number of ways, but one of its singular features actually helps to fuel the burden of heart disease.
All organs age and start to deteriorate, but most are fairly proficient at repairing themselves until old age.
But for all its strengths, the heart lags in this department and struggles to heal or repair itself.
In people who have or are developing cardiovascular disease, the