Cornell-Swiss study finds protein with power to improve heart function

ITHACA, N.Y. – The human heart is a remarkable muscle, beating more than 2 billion times over the average life span. But the heart’s efficiency can decrease over time. One major contributor to this decreased function is cardiac hypertrophy – a thickening of the heart muscle, resulting in a decrease in the size of the […]

New findings on embryonic heart valves may prevent congenital heart defects in newborns

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell biomedical engineers have discovered natural triggers that could reduce the chance of life-threatening, congenital heart defects among newborn infants. Those triggers can override developmental, biological miscues, leading to proper embryonic heart and valve formation. More than 40,000 babies in the United States – or about 1 in 100 births – are […]