Skip to comments.Stem cell hope for heart patients
Posted on 07/09/2011 12:43:57 AM PDT by neverdem
Scientists have raised hope that stem cell therapy could provide significant relief for patients disabled by untreatable chest pain.
Patients with severe angina had stem cells from their blood injected into their heart.
The therapy, carried out by Chicago's Northwestern University, halved the number of bouts of angina chest pain.
But UK experts have stressed the work is still at an early stage, and the potential longer benefit is unknown.
The procedure may also carry a risk: it is suspected of causing heart muscle damage in two patients, and others reported bone and chest pain.
The study, reported in the journal Circulation Research, was carried out on 167 patients with "refraction" angina, which does not respond to any standard treatment.
They were given high or low dose stem cell infusions, or a dummy injection.
A year on, patients in the low-dose group had an average of 6.3 episodes of pain a week, compared to 11 a week for those given the placebo jab.
End Quote Professor Douglas Losordo Northwestern University
It translates as going from being able to walk slowly to being able to ride a bike.”
The length of time they were able to tolerate exercise also improved by 139 seconds after six months, compared to an improvement of 69 seconds for the placebo group.
There was no significant benefit from receiving a higher dose of stem cells.
Lead researcher Professor Douglas Losordo said: "The net difference in exercise tolerance is highly clinically significant, particularly in a patient population that is severely limited by symptoms.
"It translates as going from being able to watch television to being able to walk at a normal pace or going from being able to walk slowly to being able to ride a bike."
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ADULT STEM CELLS!!!!
If it were Embryonic Stem Cell, it would have been in the headline.
The writer and editor want the public to assume they were embryonic.
They just don’t know what *refractory* means.
So much of today’s reporting is by illiterates. The reader needs to translate from *journalese* several times per article.
“Once again embryonic stem cells show their superior ... what? say that again ... adult? not embryonic??? never? not once??? nevermind.” Love, Emily
I’ve been taking these for three months - I think this is the best thing since sliced bread for older people.