Stem cell research is being done in a lot of different areas these days, but one of the most promising ones is for cardiovascular therapy. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death around the world. Each year, more than 70 million people die from heart disease. Heart attacks are quite common as well as congestive heart failure. But doctors have a really hard time not only predicting these, but also fixing them when they do happen.
Heart attacks cause damage to the heart muscle itself and that makes it less efficient at doing its job with the pump blood around body. There really is regeneration when it comes to heart muscle. This means that patients who have cardiovascular problems are likely going to have more in the future.
Conventional Treatments for Heart Disease
There are a few treatments out there for heart disease, but nothing really different than what is been offered for the last 50 years or so. Your doctor will definitely recommend that you change your lifestyle if you had a heart attack, recommending that you need a healthy diet and that you get plenty of exercise. The type of food that you eat and lack of exercise combined can clog the arteries and cause heart disease.
In addition, there are certain things that doctors can do after artifacts happens or after knowing that arteries are becoming clogged, and they include things like widening the arteries with an angioplasty and medications like blood thinners to make the blood flow more easily. Sometimes surgery may be required as well in order to repair or replace heart valves or bypass arteries that have become too clogged. In some cases, patients have devices implanted inside them that help to regulate their heartbeat and prevent a future heart attack.
Heart Disease Stem Cell Therapy Omaha
Of course, heart disease stem cell therapy is going to completely change the way that heart disease is treated. In the future, not only will damage components of the heart be able to be replaced and damaged tissue repair, there were also be the ability to regrow an entire heart. In addition, stem cells can be used with diseased heart muscle in order to grow new tissue with that disease and then it can be studied and new drugs can be developed from it. There are three main types of cells that researchers are looking to turn stem cells into. They include:
- cardiac pacemaker cells, which send and receive electrical signals to keep your heart beating in rhythm.
- endothelial cells, which line blood vessels and help deliver oxygen to the cardiomyocytes.
- cardiomyocytes, the beating muscle cells that make up the atria, the chambers where blood enters the heart, and the ventricles, where blood is pumped out of your heart. Cardiomyocytes are currently being targeted in cellular therapies for heart disease.
Researchers are experimenting with a variety of stem cell therapies to transplant new cells, use tissue engineering to improve the survival or function of transplanted cells, and stimulate existing cells to generate new cardiomyocytes.
The bottom line is that there is a lot of exciting news on the horizon for those that currently suffer from heart disease and those that will suffer from heart disease in the future. There is no doubt that the future will be a full of new developments they give people with cardiovascular disease a much better chance that surviving and cutting down drastically on the number of people who die every year from a:
- heart attack
- some other form of heart disease
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Stem cell therapy can help heal chronic musculoskeletal conditions in the elbows, knees, hips, shoulders, feet, and ankles. Health conditions that may help with stem cell therapy include:
- Muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries
- Inflammation of soft tissues and joints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Cartilage defects
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