Stem Cell Therapy To Target Damaged Heart Muscles

Recommend to others!

Stem cells gathered through umbilical cord blood can be an effective way to treat damaged heart muscles according to a new research published online in Stem Cell Reviews & Reports.

Heart attack is a disease that is most frequently acquired by most of the population across the globe. Although there is an improved prognosis when a person obtained this disease, due to early detection and a more comprehensive treatment, still the cost of medical care for persons with heart disease is very much expensive because of the regular and continuous medication that a person must receive. The new research suggests the use of a patient’s own stem cells which could help repair heart damages. The researchers found out that there are heart muscle-like cells which can be grown through the use of stem cells collected from the umbilical cord blood.

Stem cells are considered to be the first cells. It is capable of generating every other cell of the body. As it divides, it becomes cells of the different body tissues which is divided into three categories: the mesoderm, endoderm, and ectoderm. According to the National Institutes of Health, stem cell research is one of the most fascinating areas of contemporary biology, but, as with many expanding fields of scientific inquiry, research on stem cells raises scientific questions as rapidly as it generates new discoveries.

About eighteen years (18) ago, umbilical cord blood was first used for blood and immune system disorders.  The new possibilities for their use in a wider variety of health conditions, genetic disorders and anti-aging treatments have been gaining support with various multi-potent stem cells and progenitor cells being discovered in the cord blood.

“We believe our study represents a significant advancement and overcomes the technical hurdle of deriving cardiac muscle-type cells from human cord blood. The method we have found has the attributes of simplicity and consistency. This will permit more robust manipulation of these cells towards better cell homing and cardiac repair in patients with myocardial infarction.” Professor Raimondo Ascione, lead author, Chair of Cardiac Surgery & Translational Research in the School of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bristol, said.

According to Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, he said: “there has been interest for some time in the potential use of blood from the umbilical cord as a source of stem cells for therapy in a variety of diseases. This study has shown for the first time that it’s possible to turn cord blood stem cells into cells that look like heart muscle, in the lab. The results are encouraging, but there are still lots of questions to answer before we’ll know whether these cells can be used successfully for heart repair in patients.”

The findings of the study are giving a foreseeable improvement in treatment modalities in the future, that through the use of these stem cells from human cord blood, repair of damaged heart muscles due to myocardial infarction or other heart diseases is possible.



Speak Your Mind


Current day month ye@r *