Myocardial infarction (MI), also known as a heart attack, occurs when a coronary artery blockage deprives an area of the heart of oxygen and nutrients and fails to take away the detrimental products of metabolism. Patent coronary arteries are essential because they supply the heart muscle with oxygenated blood and nutrients and take away lactates and other harmful products of metabolism. When deprived of oxygen, the muscle cells, fed by the blocked artery, begin to infarct or die. At Gulf Coast Stem Cell & RMC in Ocean Springs, MS, we offer recruitment into our investigational myocardial infarction protocols, using SVF/ stem cells as an effective adjunct to traditional post-MI treatments. At certain National Health Hospitals in the UK admissions with acute MI either get Stem Cells or placebo into their coronary artery, during their cardiac catheterization and opening of the blockage, depending on the cohort they have been allocated to. Those receiving the stem cells have faired reportedly better, with about 70% improvement in outcomes.
How Stem Cells Repair the Heart
Stem cell deployment involves the introduction of stem cells into damaged tissue with the aim of treating, limiting and repairing the damage. Stem cells, which are taken from an area of the patient’s body where they are plentiful, have the ability to regenerate and replace not only damaged or diseased heart-muscle cells, but also promote the development of new coronary artery branches by angiogenesis. Stem cells can either reach the heart via direct installation by catheterization or via the blood stream when a dose is given intravenously.
The above mentioned research and well as research from many centers within and without the USA, including our own, has shown that SVF/stem cell deployment offers a potential solution for chronic ischemia and ischemic damage. In this procedure, mesenchymal stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own fat tissue, under local anesthesia, and administered intravenously via a drip, where the flow goes straight to the heart and lungs. This outpatient procedure takes fewer than three hours to complete. Successful stem cell therapy may lead to significant improvement in heart function over other standard treatments alone, as has been shown in the on-going trial in the National Health Service in UK. However, as in the National Health Service study, the stem cell treatment, should not be a stand-alone deployment but part of a multi-modality.
If you have suffered from a myocardial infarction, the Gulf Coast Stem Cell & RMC in Ocean Springs, MS is here to help. Our investigational deployment of stem cells as part of MI management is provided by our skilled physicians in a caring, comfortable environment using technologically advanced equipment.
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