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Promoting physiological hypertrophy in the failing heart

journal contribution
posted on 2016-11-03, 01:01 authored by Lynette PretoriusLynette Pretorius, Kate Owen, Gary Jennings, Julie McMullen
Heart failure rates have reached epidemic proportions in Western society. New strategies proposed to improve cardiac function of the failing heart include regeneration, stem cell therapy, innovative methods for the revascularization of ischaemic cardiac tissue and the activation of signalling pathways that promote physiological growth (hypertrophy). The insulin-like growth factor 1-phosphoinositide–3-kinase pathway is a well characterized regulator of physiological hypertrophy. In this mini-review we present studies that suggest promoting physiological hypertrophy in the failing heart may be beneficial.