Okyanos Cardiac Cell Therapy targets heart tissue with inadequate blood flow which has developed over time, often caused by blockages in the coronary arteries—a condition known as ischemic heart disease.
In our non-invasive procedure, stem cells (isolated from your own fat tissue) are injected directly into the damaged areas of the heart, stimulating new blood vessel growth and thus restoring flow. The stem cell treatment further provides anti-inflammatory, healing and restorative properties to a heart stressed or damaged by ischemia.
What is Ischemia?
The word “ischemia” simply refers to a condition where some portion of the body (in this case, the heart) isn’t receiving enough blood. This insufficient flow causes problems to the area which is in need of receive oxygen-rich blood.
Restriction of blood flow to the heart can develop as a result of coronary artery disease, where narrowed or blocked arteries prevent the heart muscle from receiving ample blood/oxygen, which in turn impairs optimal function. This progressive condition is also known as ischemic heart disease.
Over time, ischemia weakens and causes damage to the heart and can lead to heart failure.
What Does Stem Cell Therapy Do For Ischemic Heart Disease?
Okyanos Treatment targets the damaged heart tissue and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels (also called angiogenesis) using adult adipose- (fat) derived regenerative cells. Such a process can restore flow to the heart and thus improve patient quality of life.
Clinical research shows that adult stem cell therapy based on the Okyanos protocol is safe, and initial studies suggest a beneficial effect on patients with ischemic heart disease. Individuals who have thus far received stem cell therapy have experienced:
- Improved use of oxygen
- Increased physical strength
- A reduction in the amount of damaged heart tissue
- Reduced angina
The above improvements represent key measures of cardiac performance, which lead to decreased symptoms and better heart function.
Signs and Symptoms of Cardiac Ischemia
When ischemia—restricted blood flow to the heart—is present, patients may or may not experience symptoms outside of moments of exertion or high stress. During exercise or even walking up a flight of stairs, the heart requires more oxygen and blood, more rapidly. Blockages in the arteries prevent the heart from receiving a sufficient supply of blood. When this occurs, chest pains (called angina) manifest as the primary symptom of ischemia.
Because angina can manifest in a number of different ways than just chest pain, it is important not to discount the following forms of angina as additional signs and symptoms of ischemia:
- Chest heaviness
- Tightness or squeezing behind the breastbone
- Discomfort in the neck, shoulders, arms or jaw
- Shortness of breath
Modern medicine has afforded us interventional procedures such as medication, stents and angioplasty, each of which aim to improve blood flow to the heart and manage symptoms of ischemia. Such procedures are not always effective for all patients, and symptoms of this condition may continue to manifest.
To learn more, you may contact a Patient Liaison by requesting a free educational consultation or dialing 855.OKYANOS (659.2667).