Congestive Heart Failure Treatable With Stem Cell Therapy

Congestive Heart Failure Treatable With Stem Cell Therapy

Diseases of the heart are a major concern for many patients with conditions like diabetes, high blood, pressure, and obesity. The heart has to pump harder over time, causing it to harden and become too stiff to move efficiently. Treatments and lifestyle changes can improve or prevent congestive heart failure. But invasive surgeries may be needed to improve quality of life. Stems cells are a potential new treatment for congestive heart failure, greatly increasing the hearts capacity to pump blood again.


What is Congestive Heart Failure?


Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Certain conditions, such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, gradually leave your heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump efficiently. Not all conditions that lead to heart failure can be reversed, but treatments can improve the signs and symptoms of heart failure and help you live longer. Lifestyle changes — such as exercising, reducing sodium in your diet, managing stress and losing weight — can improve your quality of life. One way to prevent heart failure is to prevent and control conditions that cause heart failures, such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity. Heart failure can be ongoing (chronic), or your condition may start suddenly (acute).


What is Stem Cell Therapy?


Stem cells are being used in regenerative medicine because of their unique healing properties. They are the origin for every specialized cell in our body, and any type of cell can be made out of a stem cell if it is programmed that way. Stem cell therapy is becoming increasingly more popular and safe, considered a miracle treatment in modern medicine. There are many different sources to harvest stem cells from, some less controversial than others. The most common sources of stem cells are embryonic cells, adult stem cells like bone marrow cells and fat tissue cells, adult stem cells that have been changed into embryonic cells, and perinatal cells. Generally, harvesting stem cells from a patient’s fat tissue is the easiest method. It is a quick, pain-free procedure where fat tissue is taken from anywhere on the body, and the stem cells in the fat tissue are harvested for therapeutic use. These fat-derived stem cells never decline in abundance as you age, as adult bone marrow stem cells do. Bone marrow stem cells can also be extremely painful to harvest, unlike fat cells that require a relatively non-invasive procedure. Embryonic stem cells have been considered unethical to use, as they take them from unborn, fertilized embryos.


How Can Stem Cell Therapy Help My Congestive Heart Failure?


Researchers are using stem cells in different ways to improve cardiac function after congestive heart failure. They are turning stem cells into heart muscles in a lab and implanting them into the heart. Using cellular therapy, researchers hope to repair or replace heart tissue damaged by congestive heart failure and heart attacks. Also, if patients have genetic causes of heart disease, their stem cell-derived heart muscle also will have this disease and this heart muscle can be used to discover new drugs. This can lead to advances in treatment methods alongside stem cell therapy.

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