Okyanos Treatment consists of the delivery of adult stem cells to the heart to help it repair damaged or diseased tissue. Clinical studies have shown improvement of symptoms and quality of life amongst patients who have:
Okyanos Heart Institute now offers cardiac stem cell therapy outside of clinical trials to patients who qualify for the procedure.
Stem cells are thought to assist the body in 5 primary ways:
1. By facilitating the growth of new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis, which leads to improved blood flow,
2. Providing an anti-inflammatory effect which aids in healing,
3. Attaching to damaged tissues and recruiting other cells that are necessary for tissue regeneration, and
4. Aiding in reduced scar tissue which forms after a heart attack, and
5. Inhibiting continued cell death (apoptosis).
Studies conducted thus far have no shown safety issues in patients with heart disease. Because they are your own fat cells (and most of us have a few to spare), there is not a risk of rejection.
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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 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22804839