Growing new blood vessels

Can building new blood vessels inside the body prevent tissue death?
09 July 2018
Presented by Katie Haylor
Production by Chris Smith.


Computer generated image of Red blood cells travelling in a blood vessel


Heart attacks come about when blood vessels in the heart are blocked, and without a supply of oxygen-rich blood, the heart muscle can die. This is called ischemic injury, and can also occur in other places in the body, potentially leading to tissue death and even limb amputation. But what if it was possible to re-build the blood vessels in the heart or in other areas of the body, to kick-start the circulation and prevent tissues from being starved of oxygen, and dying? This is what Jo Mountford is trying to do at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion service, as she explains to Katie Haylor...


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