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.

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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 patients 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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