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Getting to the heart of the matter - exciting stem cell research

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It describes a small scale study carried out in the USA which has successfully used stem cells taken from patients having suffered a myocardial infarction or heart attack, in order to replace scar tissue with healthy, functioning heart muscle.

Initial results are encouraging. Twenty five patients took part in the trial. Before the treatment, scar tissue accounted for an average of 24% of their left ventricle, a major chamber of the heart. It went down to 16% after six months and 12% after a year.  The British Heart Foundation has highlighted that it is of course early days, but with heart disease on the rise, this will surely pave the way for more research into this potentially life-enhancing treatment for a significant number of patients.  



Sam Ward
Nurse Adviser and Medical Researcher
Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team 

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