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Stem Cells to Treat First Time Heart Attack Patients

Monday, May 29, 2006 - Stem Cell Guru

An exciting development in stem cell therapy for heart disease. Researchers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation have launched a study to examine whether administration of stem cells to first time heart attack patients can prevent the development of Congestive Heart Failure.

Currently, heart transplantation is the only available cure for CHF. However, researchers believe that patients' own bone marrow-derived stem cells can can improve cardiac function after a heart attack and fend off the development of CHF.

This first-of-its-kind study in the United States is randomized and placebo-controlled, involving 60 patients of which 45 will have their stem cells infused through a catheter in the region of their heart attack, and 15 will receive a placebo.

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