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Stem Cell Grafts Could Help Repair Injured Hearts

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

heartfailure.jpgResearchers at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany are utilizing stem cells to repair heart damage. According to the American Heart Association, heart failure, commonly caused by a heart attack, affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Since heart muscle tissue cannot regenerate after it is damaged, doctors are seeking effective approaches to introduce stem cells into the hearts of people who have suffered a heart attack.

In a novel approach, researchers are combining two types of stem cells, heart muscle cells and endothelial cells, to engineer strips of heart muscle tissue. The stem cell graft formed new heart tissue and improved the heart’s ability to pump blood by 31% - an improvement over earlier research in which it proved difficult for stem cells to survive when implanted in a person’s body. While the research was conducted with Guinea pig hearts, given their similarity to human hearts, researchers are optimistic that the grafts hold the potential to repair injured human hearts.

Advances in stem cell based regenerative treatments are creating more effective treatment options for patients suffering from a wide variety of disease, trauma and injury. To learn more about stem cells, and how families can bank their own valuable stem cells by recovering the very powerful dental pulp stem cells during routine dental procedures; such as wisdom teeth extractions or the during the loss of baby teeth, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.


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Topics: heart damage, Heart Attack, regenerative therapies, stem cells, heart tissue grafts, heart muscle stem cells, endothelial stem cells


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