London: Scientists have found that infusion of heart`s own stem cells can repair the damage caused to the organ following an attack, a discovery they say could lead tonew treatment strategy for cardiac regeneration. The study, published in The Lancet, showed that the cells help the organ re-grow healthy muscle after a heart attack, challenging the belief that cardiac scarring is permanent andthat once lost, healthy heart muscle cannot be restored. In the research, a team led by Prof Eduardo Marban at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles assessed a group of 25 patients, with an average age of 53 years, each of whom had suffered a heart attack. Patients were treated at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Of these, eight were received standard care while 17 received infusions ofcardiosphere-derived stem cells (CDCs) that were created using the patient`s own heart tissue.
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