Skip to comments.Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts
Posted on 11/08/2012 10:46:37 PM PST by neverdem
LOS ANGELES Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients own cells for helping restore heart tissue.
The work involved just 30 patients in Miami and Baltimore, but it proves the concept that anyones cells can be used to treat such cases. Doctors are excited because this suggests that stem cells could be banked for off-the-shelf use after heart attacks, just as blood is kept on hand now.
The study used a specific type of stem cells from bone marrow that researchers believed would not be rejected by recipients. Unlike other cells, these lack a key feature on their surface that makes the immune system see them as foreign tissue and attack them, explained the studys leader, Dr. Joshua Hare of the University of Miami.
The patients in the study had suffered heart attacks years earlier, some as long as 30 years ago. All had developed heart failure because the scar tissue from the heart attack had weakened their hearts so much that they grew large and flabby, unable to pump blood effectively...
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It's a FReebie.
..... But what if the stem cells came from a person that was not as conservative as you .... would you really want to be saved by them?
Perhaps it would be best that you stay home and wait for one who has stem cells that come from a TRUE conservative to save you.
..... TO ALL WHO STAYED HOME AND DENIED AMERICA HER SUPPORT WHEN SHE NEEDED YOU MOST...... SHAME ON YOU.
When my father had a major infarction, he was placed on a test regimen of diet, exercise, and pharmaceuticals. After a year, 7 of the 11 in the test group were still alive, to the (frankly) surprise of the cardiologist who had expected worse results.
The last dye shot dad had showed new blood vessels in the affected area of his heart, some 15 years later.
Given a chance, the body can heal and rebuild.
I wonder what the patient's own stem cells might do.
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