Monday, July 11, 2011

Adult Stem Cell Success: Cells Relieve Heart Pain in Patients

by David Prentice, Ph.D. | Washington, DC | | 7/11/11 11:20 AM

Doctors at Northwestern University have shown that adult stem cells can relieve angina pain in heart patients.

About 850,000 U.S. heart patients have angina–chest pain caused by blocked coronary arteries–that persists despite available treatments. The study examined 167 patients with refractory angina; patients received either a low or high dose of their own adult stem cells injected into their damaged heart muscle, or a placebo injection.

The results, published in the journal Circulation Research, showed that patients who received their adult stem cells experienced significant improvements in angina frequency and exercise tolerance. Dr. Douglas Losordo, lead author on the study, says the improvements in the patients treated with adult stem cells were life altering for many patients. Read more

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