A first-in human clinical study of a naturally derived substance to slow previously un-treatable aortic aneurysms has produced promising results, sometimes reversing aneurysm diameter.
Restoring the Elastic of Life
How to Reverse Deadly Aneurysms and Prevent Stroke
A therapy with a new drug aimed at preventing rupture of aneurysms that threaten the lives of more than 50 million people has been proven safe in a clinical study. It is based on a discovery at Clemson University in South Carolina that a naturally derived chemical can restore the elastic in arteries and reverse the aneurysm.
Why is elastic fiber in your body so important?
Elastin drives every move you make and every breath you take.
It makes your skin, lungs and arteries flexible to maintain heart health.
After you reach about 30 years of age, your body stops assembling it.
When it start to degrade, it triggers chronic inflammation.
The inflammation leads to hard and stiff arteries.
Researchers have discovered how to repair and restore this elastic.
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What happens to elastin in all of us
Elastin fiber in a 6 year-old (left)
Elastin fiber in a 90 year-old (right)
Here's how elastin fiber in your arteries is degraded, and what happens after that: