This is great news from my alma mater…but they have been treating MI with adult stem cells successfully in thailand, germany, china for almost 10 yrs now. Catch UP! -dg
ACC: Stem Cell Treatment May Help Repair MI Damage
By Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage Today, Published: April 02, 2009
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Earn CME/CE credit
ORLANDO, April 2 — An infusion of autologous bone marrow progenitor cells may improve outcomes for patients who suffer a severe myocardial infarction, a phase I study suggested.
* Explain to interested patients that the findings come from a phase I study, which is designed to assess safety and feasibility, not efficacy.
* Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented as a poster at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Patients who received the highest doses of enriched CD34+ endothelial progenitor cells in the affected vessel had increased perfusion of the infarct at six months (P=0.01), according to Arshed Quyyumi, M.D., of Emory University in Atlanta.
This is the first study to find a dose response when using enriched progenitor cells to repair damage following an MI severe enough to cause ventricular remodeling, he said at the American College of Cardiology meeting here…