Stem Cells May Help Heart Patients
What if your very own bone marrow stem cells, upgraded with more immune cells, could be used to increase your chances of survival after a heart attack? Sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but according to a study done by Timothy Henry, MD of the Minneapolis Heart Institute and colleagues, it may in fact be possible. The findings, which were presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography, are considered preliminary until they are published in a peer-reviewed journal, but they are definitely promising.
"With stem cells, we've been successful with processes that improve blood flow," Henry told MedPage Today, and added that there is a significant number of class III heart failure patients who don't do well on medications or with devices.
"A therapy that would delay heart failure progression would be a major step forward," he said. "This small trial proved the intervention is safe and all the trends were in the right direction."
The next phase of the trial will begin in the summer. Stay tuned!