Simple stem cell jab helps boost fitness in heart disease patients

Home News Health Simple stem cell jab helps boost fitness in heart disease patients A STEM cell injection could soon be available to cure heart disease after scientists tested the revolutionary new treatment in patients for the first time. Published: Fri, April 12, 2013

A stem cell injection to cure heart disease could soon be available

The heart failure breakthrough involves injecting patients with their own stem cells.

The quick and easy procedure saw doctors take bone marrow from the patients hips before injecting them directly into the heart to strengthen the muscle.

Heart pumping function improved within six months for every patient given the ground-breaking treatment. They also enjoyed improved fitness and could walk longer distances.

The trial offers new hope to the tens of thousands of people struck down by heart failure each year in the UK and could transform the lives of millions suffering the after-effects of a heart attack.

The research, published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, took place at the Mayo Clinics Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

I think its an exciting time where regenerative medicine is no longer science fiction

Dr Andre Terzic

Lead researcher Dr Andre Terzic said: I think its an exciting time where regenerative medicine is no longer science fiction. This study is providing clinical evidence for a new approach in cardiovascular regenerative medicine.

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Simple stem cell jab helps boost fitness in heart disease patients

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