Stem Cell Therapy for Heart Failure

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Around 6.2 million adults in the United States experience heart failure—a serious chronic condition in which the heart is not able to pump enough blood throughout the body for its normal function.    Heart failure can come on unexpectedly, but patients with heart failure have also typically experienced heart disease or another heart condition, such…

Scientists look to stem cells to mend broken hearts

Cardiac medicine has traditionally been associated with innovative procedures that sometimes where considered heretical to the present day dogma. For example, the first heart transplant, the use of the balloon catheter, the introduction of thrombolytics, all met substantial resistance from the “establishment” in their time. It appears that the next revolution in cardiac medicine is…

Stem Cell Treatment for Heart Attacks: Timing is Everything

Skeletal myoblasts are a type of muscle-specific stem cell that have been used previously in several clinical trials, particularly for heart failure and post-heart attack patients.  Advantages of this type of stem cell include the fact that they are from adult sources (no risk of cancer), they are already committed to becoming muscle cells, and…