What Is Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy?

What is Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy?Okyanos Cardiac Cell Therapy is the process of delivering adult stem cells, derived from your own body fat, to your heart to help it to repair tissue that may have been damaged by a heart attack or as a result of severe or prolonged coronary artery disease. We now offer cardiac cell therapy outside of clinical trials to patients who qualify for the procedure.

How Does Adult Stem Cell Therapy Improve Heart Function?

Adult stem cells could be thought of as small “factories” in the way that they go to work healing and repairing the body on a daily basis. Stem cells exist throughout our bodies and are responsible for healing our bumps and bruises and helping us recover from every day wear-and-tear.

During your adult stem cell treatment, cells will be delivered to your heart via a catheter, however they will not stay there for more than a few days. Fascinatingly, during their brief time in/around your heart muscle, these cell “factories” secrete proteins and growth factors, and we eventually begin to see them turn on the heart’s native ability to repair itself.

What Happens When The Cells Go Into Your Heart?

The stem cells which reside in your own body fat (or adipose tissue) have a few important functions that are of particular interest to healing a damaged heart.

  1. Your own adult stem cells can facilitate the growth of new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis, which leads to improved blood flow in tissue.
  2. These cells also provide an anti-inflammatory effect which aids in healing.
  3. Further, they attach themselves to damaged tissue and recruit other cells that are necessary for tissue regeneration.
  4. Adult stem cells also aid in reducing the size of the scar tissue which forms after a heart attack.
  5. Last but not least, your own fat-derived stem cells can prevent continued heart muscle cell death (a process known as apoptosis).

Your Own Fat-Derived Stem Cells Are Safe

Studies conducted thus far have no shown safety issues in patients with heart disease. Because they are your own fat cells (and many of us have a few to spare), there is no risk of rejection.

To learn more, you may contact a Patient Liaison by requesting a free educational consultation or dialing 855.OKYANOS (659.2667).

References

Can Stem Cells Repair a Damaged Heart?. (n.d.). In Stem Cell Information. Retrieved March 9, 2012, from http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/scireport/chapter9.asp.

Schaper, W. (2011, October 20). Collateral Vessels Reduce Mortality. European Heart Journal, 33(5), 564-566, from http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/10/20/eurhea

Effect of Human Adipose Derived Stem Cells on Scar Formation and Remodeling in a Pig Model: A Pilot Study (July 16, 2012) in Results and Conclusions. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22804839

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