Cardiovascular disease accounts for the death of more Canadians than any other disease, more than 72,000 people each year. There is currently no cure for heart failure, and goals for treatment have always been to improve symptoms, stop the condition from getting worse, and prolong life span.
But results from recent stem cell trials point to potential new treatments, and the possibility of growing new heart tissue. Research being conducted around the globe has many scientists now believing that cellular therapy will revolutionize approaches to heart failure: instead of being palliative and simply trying to alleviate symptoms, scientists may be able to regenerate healthy heart muscle and repair damaged hearts
A complete summary of heart failure has just been added to the For Patients section of the Stem Cell Network’s website. This new page includes information on the causes, effects and current treatments, as well as recent research and clinical trials.
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