CNN report: stem cells provide hope for damaged hearts

75_red-blood-cells-in-veinCNN  is reporting promising results from studies that use adult stem cells to treat heart disease and damage. Early results from the largest stem cell study for heart disease in the U.S. indicate that adult stem cells, when injected directly into the heart muscle, have been capable of growing new blood vessels.

The cardiologist Dr. Douglas Losordo, who leads the clinical trial injecting adult stem cells directly into heart muscle, believes that if the trial continues to perform as well as expected, it’s possible that new treatment could be widely available in a little over four years for end-stage cardiac patients who have tried all other available therapies. It is estimated that there may be between 300,000 – 900,000 end-stage cardiac patients who may be helped.

In the CNN article, Dr. Jeffrey Karp, who runs a stem cell biology lab at Harvard University, cites that the major focus of stem cell research in cardiology has been in promoting regeneration-using stem cells to help the body repair and regrow damaged cells and tissues.

Cord blood stem cells are a unique form of adult stem cells that are available at birth. Cord blood also contains pluripotent stem cells that can give rise to virtually any cell in the human body. This is one reason why cord blood stem cells are becoming increasingly important in the field of regenerative medicine.

Any research using adult stem cells showing promising results for regenerative medicine is good news for cord blood stem cells which can be cryopreserved, because our adult stem cells decrease in number and potency as we age. Read more from CNN about the use of adult stem cells to treat heart disease and damage.

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