After a heart attack (myocardial infarction), some heart muscle cells are dead but some remain alive with inadequate blood flow. The objective of Okyanos Cardiac Cell Therapy is to restore flow to these areas of the heart and to help it repair some of the damaged tissue using adult stem cells isolated from your own body fat. Because our adult stem cell therapy utilizes your own cells, the risk of rejection is eliminated. The procedure is modeled after the clinical trial known as PRECISE, results from which showed that patients who received their own cells experienced strong and measurable improvements.

What is Myocardial Infarction?

Myocardial Infarction (MI) is the medical term for what is known as a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow is severely cut off to the heart because of blockages in the arteries, as by plaque build-up or clots, etc. If this loss of blood flow continues, it can lead to death of heart muscle cells. The oxygen starvation caused by a heart attack causes the affected zone of heart muscle cells to die or become damaged, producing what is known as an infarction—a wound or area of scar tissue. This damage can extend to involve other areas of the heart where the blood supply is also limited. Hence, the term myocardial infarction literally means a death of the heart muscle.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

At the onset of a heart attack, most individuals report sudden discomfort emanating from the chest which can extend to the neck or down either arm. Although some MI events can manifest “silently,” or without any symptoms, others produce any of the following heart attack symptoms or warning signs:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Severe anxiety
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weakness/fatigue
  • Feelings of indigestion

After a heart attack, testing is usually done to determine the extent of heart muscle damage. Treatment and lifestyle changes are encouraged by doctors thereafter, in an attempt to prevent further damage to the heart or a spreading of the infarct.

What Does Stem Cell Therapy Do for Heart Attack Damage?

When heart muscle tissue dies or has been rendered less functional as a result of myocardial infarction, symptoms like chest pains, shortness of breath and progressive coronary artery disease can result. When medications or procedures designed to relieve blockage in the large arteries that feed the heart with blood have been optimized, yet the patient continues to experience signs and symptoms of inadequate blood flow and a deteriorating quality of life, Okyanos heart attack treatment can offer a safe and promising new option. According to the scientific clinical trial known as PRECISE, which utilized adipose- (fat) derived regenerative cells for heart disease, heart attack patients experienced marked improvements to their condition, including:

  • Improved quality of life
  • A reduction in chest pains (angina)
  • Decreased infarct (scar tissue) size
  • Improved consumption and use of oxygen (as measured by patients’ MVO2)

Adult stem cells possess a number of characteristics which can benefit a heart damaged by myocardial infarction (heart attack). By spurring the growth of new blood vessels, promoting anti-inflammatory effects, recruiting cells toward tissue regeneration and inhibiting further cell death, adult stem cells can restore some function to damaged or diseased heart muscle.

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