This first of a kind treatment was done just this week in LA.
In a heart attack, the blood supply to part of the heart is shut off by a clot in a clogged artery – causing scarring of the heart muscle, which reduces the ability of the heart to pump. The best that doctors have been able to do is to promptly open up the clogged artery and limit the damage with drugs. But one day, there may be a way to get that damaged heart to grow its own brand-new muscle tissue. How? By using the patient’s own cardiac stem cells. This week doctors in Los Angeles have given a heart attack patient an infusion of stem cells grown from his own heart muscle. – From CBS News
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