Researchers Using Stem Cells to Improve Heart Function

Researchers Using Stem Cells to Improve Heart Function
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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 4:42pm

Imagine being able to use your own body to help you heal.

That's what doctors at the University of California at San Francisco are doing. Researchers believe they've found a way to take stem cells from the patient's own heart and use them to help improve their heart function after they've had
a heart attack. Doctors said using a patient's own stem cells offers major benefits.

"If we can use adult stems cells that come from the same patient to treat that same patient, the chances of rejection is going to be minimized to none,” said Dr. Yerem Yeghiazarians.

They've tried the procedure in mice and will soon test the treatment on people. If all goes well, clinical studies where stem cells will be re-injected back into a patient's heart will likely begin next year.
 

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