Popular antidepressant has the power to reverse heart failure, scientists say

March 4, 2015 7:21 PM

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Popular antidepressant has the power to reverse heart failure, scientists say

More than half a million Americans are diagnosed with heart failure every year – a disease that is incurable without a heart transplant. Now researchers at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) in Philadelphia have discovered a commonly prescribed antidepressant has the ability to reverse heart failure.

The study was based on two decades of research on the enzyme GRK2, led by Dr. Walter Koch, director of the Center for Translational Medicine at TUSM. Findings showed levels of GRK2 rise when the heart is failing. When the enzyme level was decreased, heart failure reversed. Scientists then linked t...

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