Experimental drug might put squeeze on heart failure

August 22, 2011 4:56:47 AM PDT
Heart failure is a common and debilitating condition that occurs when the heart can no longer pump strongly enough for blood to reach the rest of the body.

No cure exists, and as for treatments, what's needed is something that can safely make the heart squeeze harder.

A new drug being developed by the company Cytokinetics may do something like that.

A report in The Lancet medical journal says the drug improved heart function by increasing the activation of certain heart muscle proteins. This helps improve the efficiency and performance of the heart.

More research is now needed to prove if the medication is effective and safe.