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Sunlight Can Prevent Heart Attacks

IAHTA. Org - If during the patient with a heart attack just know CPR, aspirin and blood thinners as a therapeutic treatment, now they can also add sunlight to the list of therapies to treat heart attacks.

findings, published on 15 April 2012 in the journal Nature Medicine indicate that exposure to strong light, and even during the day can reduce a patient's risk of heart attack or damage from a heart attack.

The researchers, Dr. Eckle and Holger Eltzschig of the University of Colorado Denver, states, individuals who are victims of heart attacks tend to recover faster if their condition is exposed to sunlight. 

The researchers found, the answer lies in the circadian rhythm or body clock, which is associated with light and dark, which is regulated by the protein in organs such as brain and liver, and a protein called  Period 2 , which plays an important role in maintaining the heart from damage caused by heart attacks. 

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researchers explained that during a heart attack, very little oxygen or did not even get to the heart. Without oxygen, the heart will find substitute fuels by shifting the metabolism of fat, which is a source of energy and convert it into glucose, to protect heart cells from death. 

In laboratory studies using animals exposed mice, circadian rhythms during the day to enable the production of proteins that called Period 2. Keep in mind, Period 2, plays a major role in making the heart more efficient metabolism by changing the fuel from fat to glucose, helps the heart to overcome injuries and minimize damage from a heart attack. 

"This study shows that the strong light, or even just during the day, can reduce your risk of heart attack or damage from a heart attack, "said Professor Eckle of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

"For patients, this could mean that sun exposure in the hospital can reduce the damage caused by heart attack," he added 

The researchers noted, the need for further research, especially to understand how light can alter cardiac metabolism in humans, and how exposure to light can be used to treat heart attack patients. 

Source: Medicaldaily
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