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Stem Cells From Bone Marrow Found To Improve Cardiac Functioning After A Heart Attack

by Medindia Content Team on  July 12, 2004 at 11:45 AM Research News   - G J E 4
Stem Cells From Bone Marrow Found To Improve Cardiac Functioning After A Heart Attack
Adult stem cells derived from bone marrow may improve cardiac functioning after a heart attack, according to a new study.The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests adult stem cells from bone marrow have therapeutic potential for restoring cardiac cells among people who have had a heart attack.
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Of the 60 study participants who all had coronary interventions, half were given bone marrow stem-cell transfer and the other participants were given optimum medical therapy. Patients who had the stem-cell transfer had about a 7-percent improvement in left ventricle function compared to only a 0.7-percent increase for patients given medical therapy. Furthermore, cell transfer did not increase the risk of adverse events.

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Some researchers however say that safety is the key issue, thus they say that more research is crucial around the world to overcome safety problems.
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