TYPES OF FIBROSIS: CARDIAC
Cardiac fibrosis is a condition characterized by scar tissue that replaces heart muscle tissue.
The fibrous connective tissue causes wall stiffening, reduced contractility, and an overall impaired heart performance. Cardiac fibrosis may lead to heart failure.
Cardiac fibrosis is seen in the end stages of many diseases.
As with other forms of fibrosis, there is no cure for cardiac fibrosis.
Resveratrol, a compound present in red wine, has been found to slow the development of cardiac fibrosis. Other approaches of countering cardiac fibrosis, such as microRNA inhibition, are being tested in animal models of the disease. Heart transplants are necessary in severe cases.