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…

Medistem Begins Phase II Clinical Trial for Heart Failure

Medistem Inc announced today treatment of 3 heart failure patients in the Non-Revascularizable IschEmic Cardiomyopathy treated with Retrograde COronary Sinus Venous DElivery of Cell TheRapy (RECOVER-ERC) trial. The trial is aimed at assessing safety and efficacy of the company’s Endometrial Regenerative Cell (ERC) stem cell product in 60 heart failure patients who have no available…

Mechanism by Which Injured Tissue “Tells” Stem Cells to Leave Bone Marrow

Urao et al. Stem Cells. 2012 Jan 30. In addition to the established role of bone marrow derived stem cells in producing blood cells, an interesting aspect of these stem cells is to assist/accelerate tissue healing after injury. Perhaps the most studied example of this is in the situation of myocardial infarction (heart attack), in…

The Role of Adult Stem Cells in Angioplasty

The National Institute of Health has granted the Creighton School of Medicine $3.3 million dollars to study repairing damaged coronary arteries with adult stem cells. Such damage can occur when patients undergo coronary artery angioplasty and stenting. A serious problem that occurs is the re-narrowing (restenosis) of coronary arteries after stent placement. Stents are used…