Damage from heart attacks 'cured using a patient's stem cells'

14 February 2012

People with heart problems could soon be able to better recover from a heart attack in the future, thanks to a new development.

A trial undertaken by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, in the US, has seen stem cells being used to repair damage caused by a heart attack.

Another eye-catching point from the study is the fact that the stem cells were gathered from the heart of the patient concerned.

Furthermore, the authors of the research, which has been detailed in the medical journal Lancet, confirms that the amount of scar tissue halved as a result of the trial.

Dr Eduardo Marban, who took part in the study, commented: "While the primary goal of our study was to verify safety, we also looked for evidence that the treatment might dissolve scar and regrow lost heart muscle.

"This has never been accomplished before, despite a decade of cell therapy trials for patients with heart attacks."

In another potential medical breakthrough, aerospace engineers at the University of Michigan have been able to create a prototype pacemaker which is powered by the vibrations of a person's heartbeat.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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