DAVID GRANOVSKY

Cardiac muscle patches made from stem cells

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on June 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm
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Cardiac muscle patches made from stem cells

A cutting-edge method developed at the University of Michigan Center for Arrhythmia Research successfully uses stem cells to create heart cells capable of mimicking the heart’s crucial squeezing action.

The cells displayed activity similar to most people’s resting heart rate. At 60 beats per minute, the rhythmic electrical impulse transmission of the engineered cells in the U-M study is 10 times faster than in most other reported stem cell studies.

An image of the electrically stimulated cardiac cells is displayed on the cover of the current issue of Circulation Research, a publication of the American Heart Association.

For those suffering from common, but deadly, heart diseases, stem cell biology represents a new medical frontier…

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