Scientists in Germany have found for the first time ever, "that heart failure is triggered by apoptosis." This means a type of cell death process, that "the heart muscle cells commit suicide". http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=39638&nfid=rssfeeds
It sounds like the good news is that a survival factor, abbreviated ARC, is able to protect the heart. The reserachers speculate that this probably makes ARC an interesting target for future therapy, and could potentially lead to new and effective therapies for these diseases. Technology seems to be advancing so quickly. I hope that those of us with heart problems can continue to remain around to benefit from these new therapies. I see people in my heart support group who had heart attacks, as well as other heart problems, over twnety years ago. Last night there were 3 at the meeting who had lived with heart disease for many years and were well into old age. I hope we can all do that.