Features November 2007 Issue

Can Stem Cells Help Repair Damaged Heart Tissue?

Researchers are exploring new ways to use stem cells and genes to rejuvenate blood vessels and heart muscle after cardiac events.

Coronary artery bypass grafts, heart valve replacements, and other life-saving procedures may someday be accompanied by another option for heart patients: stem cells to repair damaged tissue.

Ongoing studies around the world are exploring the use of human embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells taken from bone marrow—even a patient’s own genes—as a means of limiting or even reversing damage caused by heart disease. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic, for example, are preparing to launch a clinical…

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