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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) symptoms can make simple daily activities challenging. Shortness of breath, limitations on exercise, chest pains and fatigue may place limitations on your level of exertion and doing the kinds of things you enjoy. Cardiac Cell Therapy is a new treatment option for patients who have exhausted the currently available methods …view »
This interview was conducted with Gretchen Dezelick, RN, Director of Nursing at Okyanos Heart Institute. Question: As an experienced nurse, what most excites you about this new treatment option of cardiac stem cell therapy? Gretchen: I’ve been in critical care nursing since 1983, and most of the patients in my care were in intensive care units recovering …view »
Earlier this month, our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Howard (Bo) Walpole and our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Les Miller sat down with broadcaster Karen Curtis at 850 WFTL in South Florida for a round table discussion that aired last week. The hour-long segment covered topics ranging from the current treatment options for heart disease patients, ongoing clinical trials …view »
Our vision for Okyanos Heart Institute’s advanced cardiac cell therapy facility now comes to fruition with the exciting news that installation of our cardiac stem cell therapy cath lab has begun. This technology is not only state-of-the-art by US standards but is the most advanced cardiac cath lab in the Caribbean. It has been custom …view »
It’s hard to believe that four months ago we hosted STEMSO Conference attendees at our Hard Hat Reception and construction site tour. As the saying goes, time flies—but fortunately, you are the pilot. With a team of purpose-driven individuals and a professional group of contractors, a lot has happened in a mere third of a …view »
Coronary Artery Disease & Stroke—Different Branches of the Same Tree Also called “brain ischemia,” a stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain has been compromised, as by a clot or other obstruction. The term ischemia refers to lack of blood flow, and is a word we use quite a bit in the field of …view »
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to healing—a function you can probably recall from the last time you sprained your ankle or had a bad cut. The influx of white blood cells and other healing factors that are sent to an injured part of the body can produce redness and swelling as a by-product. Specific …view »
We are very pleased to have recently announced the completion of our investment funding. Since our founding in 2011, the Okyanos family has grown to include life-long friends, investors, supporters, researchers and members of the cardiology community—all of whom share our purpose and commitment towards improving the quality of life heart patients. With the success of …view »
Dr. Walpole’s article, “Options for Stem Cell Delivery in Cardiology,” was recently published in the March 2014 edition of the Cath Lab Digest. “The goal of stem cell therapy in any organ system is to deliver the best cells to the best place at the best time for the best duration to achieve the best patient …view »
The Okyanos team is abuzz with excitement on many fronts after a very successful 3-day International Stem Cell Society (STEMSO) Conference last week (February 20-22, 2014) in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The agenda, which was packed with stem cell therapy heavyweights, medical scientists and regulatory experts, kept us on our toes, learning each day about what …view »