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EXPLORING HEART CELLS IN MICROGRAVITY: METABOLIC AND CELLULAR RISKS IN CARDIOMYOCYTES

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The cardiovascular system (CVS) is unloaded and the normal head-to-foot hydrostatic gradient is removed. Additionally, the crew members face an extreme sedentary lifestyle resulting in cardiovascular deconditioning and hence to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The poor characterization of the biological mechanisms and the virtual lack of emidemiological data por particle radiation exposure impede a proper risk assesment. Additionally, it cannot be ruled that microgravity and space radiation synergistically increase the risk for CVD.

The international space agencies and private corporations aim at extended human presence in space (e.g. Moon colony) or even deep space exploration (Mars). Thus, the increased risk of CVD for such missions needs to be adressed and research in the field in urgently needed.