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Stem Cells Working on Matters of the Heart

Apr 9, 2019 10:06:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in cd 34 stem cells, heart attacks, heart disease, stem cells

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After suffering from a heart attack, patients may eventually have a treatment option which uses their own stem cells to repair and restore heart muscle tissue.

According to the Centers for Disease control, over 600,000 people in the U.S. die yearly from heart disease, and 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked leading to damage to the heart muscle tissue.  The heart tries to heal after an infarction, but this involves the formation of scar tissue that does not restore adequate function to the heart. The advancement of regenerative medicine using adult stem cells for cardiac tissue repair has the potential to provide a means to repair heart tissue in a way that returns full heart muscle cell function.

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Stem Cell Quandry: Which Precursor is Best for Ailing Hearts?

Nov 23, 2015 1:00:13 PM / by Shweta posted in cell therapy, heart attacks, regenerative medicine, research, stem cell therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, stem cells

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Researchers study alternatives to bone marrow-derived stem cells for post-heart attack tissue repair

Stem cell-based therapy is emerging as a promising modality to rejuvenate a dying heart after heart failure, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Largely, clinical trials have used bone marrow-derived stem cells to improve the cardiac performance in ailing hearts. Unfortunately, bone marrow-derived stem cells could not help patients with this devastating disease except for very minor temporary improvements, which generally go away with the time.

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Stem Cells for Healthy Hearts? Part 1

Sep 10, 2014 1:00:35 PM / by James Sanchez posted in BMMNCs, heart attacks, heart failure, regenerative medicine, stem cells

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The search for curative therapies for heart disease has prompted a look at stem cells as a possible solution. What do the first clinical trials tell us?

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