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Don't Get That Pacemaker Taken Out Yet

Pharmacological Target is ID'd For Heart Pacemaker Problem

By Anette Breindl

Monday, August 1, 2011
The sinoatrial node is "part of the heart, but a very specialized part of the heart," Mark Anderson told BioWorld Today. The cells that make up the pacemaker are different from normal cells, he explained. They are "more effective at beating on their own, but they don't have much mechanical function," or as much strength to contract as regular heart muscle cells. "They just kind of quiver."

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