Stem Cell Test - 'Biggest Breakthrough In Treating Heart Attacks For A Generation'
By Dell Hill
The recent news releases on stem cell therapy for several critical treatments has been most encouraging. This report, from The Telegraph, highlights the most recent study.
“A study of heart failure patients treated with their own stem cells has achieved ''striking'' results and could result in the biggest breakthrough in a generation.
Heart failure occurs when a damaged heart is weakened and unable to pump enough blood around the body Photo: ALAMY
In the trial, cardiac stem cells were used to repair the severely damaged hearts of 16 patients. It was the first time this had ever been done in humans.
After one year, the ejection fraction or ''pumping efficiency'' of the hearts of eight patients had improved by more than 12%.
All patients whose progress was followed underwent some level of recovery.
The results tripled the 4% improvement researchers had expected to see.
Although this was an early stage trial and larger studies are needed, scientists believe the promise it shows has huge implications.”