Study Shows Benefits of Adult Stem Cells for Heart Disease
"In the 12-month Phase II, double-blind trial, subjects' own purified stem cells, called CD34+ cells, were injected into their hearts in an effort to spur the growth of small blood vessels that make up the microcirculation of the heart muscle....
The largest national stem cell study for heart disease showed the first evidence that transplanting a potent form of adult stem cells into the heart muscle of subjects with severe angina results in less pain and an improved ability to walk."
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This is well done and interesting investigation into how your own body's cells can improve function in tissue that was once thought not to be able to regenerate. As we investigate deeper into stem cells and other treatments, we are likely to continue to challenge many long held beliefs about human physiology.