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How can you heal a broken heart? | ScienceBlog.com

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on April 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm

More stuff we already know…but we certainly appreciate all new trials/studies that reiterate the benefits of stem cell therapy on the heart.

How can you heal a broken heart?

Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 12, 2010 – Some patients with heart muscles seriously affected by coronary heart disease may soon be able to benefit from an innovative treatment. Researchers at the Research Centre of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), in collaboration with the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (MRH) are evaluating the safety, feasibility and efficacy of injecting stem cells into the hearts of patients while they are undergoing coronary bypass surgery. These stem cells could improve healing of the heart and its function.

The IMPACT-CABG (implantation of autologous CD133+ stem cells in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting) protocol evaluates this experimental procedure, which is destined for patients suffering from ischemic heart disease, in which the blood supply to the heart is decreased and associated with heart failure. These patients undergo open-heart coronary bypass surgery, performed by the medical team to improve perfusion of the heart muscle. A few weeks ago, the first patient received progenitor CD133+ stem cells isolated from his bone marrow and enriched at the Cell Therapy Laboratory of the MRH, and has been doing very well ever since. Already, improvement has been noted in the contraction capacity of his heart, which has improved its ability to pump blood…

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  1. Fairly Fascinating post. Couldnt be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He usually kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a great study. Many thanks for sharing!

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