When the heart is no longer able to distribute adequate blood to the body, it is said to have progressed into a condition known as heart failure or congestive heart failure, or CHF. Heart failure is a persistent and progressive condition that worsens over time, affecting how well the heart delivers blood to the rest of the body. Adult stem cell therapy can be uniquely beneficial for many patients experiencing symptoms of CHF.
The Power of Stem Cells for CHF
Adult stem cells derived from adipose tissue (fat) are abundant with anti-inflammatory properties and components which stimulate new blood vessel growth. By supplying the heart with additional blood and oxygen via these new vessels, the heart muscle can begin a process of repairing itself. This is key in treating chronic heart failure symptoms.
Managing Heart Failure Symptoms
While it is true that this condition itself cannot be cured, heart failure symptoms themselves can be managed and reduced or improved with stem cell therapy. Heart failure symptoms related to insufficient flow (ischemia) can be improved by enabling the heart to pump better. According to established research, patients who received stem cells directly to the heart have experienced improved blood flow to their heart and improvements in functional capacity. Patients with damaged heart tissue showed a reduction in the infarct zone (area of damage left after a heart attack), thus reducing symptoms of a heart which has become congested.
The Development of Heart Failure
Heart failure can manifest in adults as well as children who are born with heart defects, but most commonly develops in individuals who have experienced severe cardiac-related conditions such as:
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- Ischemia (insufficient flow to the heart)
- Acute myocardial infarction (heart attacks)
- Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
- Blood clots
- Prolonged high blood pressure
- Heart valve issues
It is not uncommon for patients to hear the term “heart failure” and think that this means the heart is no longer working at all. In fact, cardiac arrest (complete stop of heart) is completely different from the condition of heart failure. Symptoms, prognosis and congestive heart failure treatment vary case by case according to patient-specific details and medical history.
Symptoms of Heart Failure
Patients affected by this condition generally hold as their first priority the management of the token discomforts associated with heart failure. Symptoms can differ greatly from patient to patient, depending on other existing conditions, early detection, level of physical activity and diet. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms of heart failure are:
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath
- Water retention
- Swollen limbs
- Intolerance to exercise or simple exertion
Congestive heart failure can be treated in a number of ways, including surgery, medications, diet and exercise. Despite these conventional methods of heart failure treatment, many patients are left with a congested heart, failure of the condition to improve and no further options.
Stem Cell Therapy Provides a New Option
With the currently available methods of cardiac care, some heart patients achieve a decrease in their symptoms while many others, having exhausted all treatment options, are considered “no-option.” For those patients who suffer from heart failure symptoms with no other option for treatment, stem cell therapy holds the potential to provide a better quality of life.
To learn more, you may contact a Patient Liaison by requesting a free educational consultation or dialing 855.OKYANOS (659.2667).