Researchers at Imperial College (London) showed some stem cell research, which might help thousands of patients with heart failure if the early animal work can be translated to humans. A “pumping” patch with living, beating stem cells could be used to repair tissue damage after a heart attack.
The 3cm patch is grown from the patient’s own cells and then sewn onto the heart, where it can turn itself into healthy working muscle. It can also release chemicals that repair existing heart cells.
Stem cell therapy is best known in blood cancers, and has not been proven for regenerating hearts- yet!
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