Thursday, September 17, 2009

Study: Common Pain Cream Could Protect Heart During Attack

Researchers compare treatment to acupuncture effect

By James Limbach,
New research from the University of Cincinnati shows that a common, over-the-counter pain salve rubbed on the skin during a heart attack could prevent or reduce damage to the heart while treatment is administered.

Keith Jones, PhD, a researcher in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, and scientists in his lab have found that applying capsaicin to specific skin locations in mice caused sensory nerves in the skin to trigger signals in the nervous system. These signals activate cellular "pro-survival" pathways in the heart, which protect the muscle.

Capsaicin is the main component of chili peppers and produces a hot sensation. It is also the active ingredient in several topical medications used for temporary pain relief.


~Sandy G.


Fida Abbott said...

Hello Sandy,

Your name has been linked.
Thank you for your support for the cause and good luck!

I hope you will win one of the prizes!

Have great weekend

SANDY G. said...

Thanks Fida!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Having a friend that just suffered a coronary last night due to a 100% occlusion in one artery, I found this to be the MOST interesting research, and incredibly compelling. Leave it to YOU Sandy, to keep us in touch. You don't know how glad I am to have come across you!

SANDY G. said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend Robynn! How are they doing today? I hope everything turns out okay.

Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm very glad I met you too!