Stem cell Heart Therapy! New Hope For Heart Failure Patients!

After an heart attack there are chances that the heart muscles develop some scars called as scarred tissues. The scarred tissue is inert and does not contribute to the heart’s pumping function, resulting in more strain on the remaining healthy heart muscle that can lead to heart failure. Regrowing healthy muscle should reverse the process.

The clinical trials were carried out at Scripps Clinic. The trial was sponsored by San Diego -based Cytori Therapeutics. It’s too early to tell if there’s going to be any benefit, said Dr. Richard Schatz, the trial’s principal investigator at Scripps. Improvement may take about six months to show up.

How this treatment is carried out?

In this procedure, About half a cup of fat is taken from patients by liposuction, and then is processed in Cytori’s device, called Celution, retrieving what are called adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells. These are then injected into the damaged area of the patient’s heart with a special syringe. The patient is treated in one day, and discharged from the hospital the next day.

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Who benefits from this stem cell therapy?

 The trial is being offered to heart failure patients who are “at the end of the line,” with no other options, Schatz said.

Other techniques under development?

There are other techniques which are under development for the benefit of heart failure patients.

The one described herein is just one method called as the autologous cell Athena trial. In addition to the autologous cell Athena trial, other trials are ongoing using cells pre-collected from other persons, processed and stored for use. These allogenic cells, if suitable, promise greater convenience, Schatz said.

Heart Treatment Options.

 Heart failure may result from a heart attack, which weakens the heart muscle by damaging it; by coronary artery disease, which also weakens the heart by reducing its blood supply, or other conditions. Treatment include coronary stents, various drugs, surgery, a partial mechanical heart called a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD; and in extreme cases when a donor is available, a heart transplant.

Comments:

Nutritional Therapy is very useful for reversing and preventing heart disease.

This is a much simpler procedure to follow. We need to educate the people on the importance of nutrition and an alkaline diet plan to maintain optimum health.

Resources

Utsandiego “Scrips Clinic tests stem cell heart therapy” accessed on May03, 2013, www.utsandiego.com

 

 

Undiagnosed Heart Disease Could Be One of The Causes of Fatigue!

Heart Disease and Fatigue.

Heart disease can start at early stage of life. The process of atherosclerosis starts at an early age of 10. So, we should not be careless saying I am still young. Heart disease comes as we age.

Dr. J. Fred Ralston Jr., MD, past president of the American College of Physicians gives 10 reasons for feeling fatigued and undiagnosed heart disease is one of them. This has been published recently in WebMD “Why Am I so Tired? 10 Possible Causes of Fatigue”.

There are three main reasons for feeling fatigued:

1) What you eat.

2) How much you sleep and

3) How much you exercise.

Out of the 3 main reasons given, eating unhealthy diet like having coffee and sugar makes you more fatigued as your blood sugar levels fluctuate widely. The Dr recommends eating a healthy balanced diet consisting of fruits and vegetables and lean protein.

Most people feel like they’re less tired if they eat a healthy diet,” says J. Fred Ralston Jr., MD, past president of the American College of Physicians. “Eating healthy also means you’ll carry less weight, and obesity is a big contributor to fatigue

Having a good sleep and feeling tired after exercise is a good sign.

Apart from the above top three main reasons, the reasons could be something else, the Dr feels.

Could it be something else? Heart Disease!

The most common reasons for feeling so tired all the time are those we’ve just discussed. Don’t start thinking that you’ve got a medical condition until you’ve tried those strategies and really given them a chance.

If you still feel exhausted, you’ll need to check with your health care provider to look into it. Chronic tiredness is linked to many different medical conditions, such as:

4)Anemia;

5) Deficiencies in key nutrients;

6) Thyroid problems;

7) Diabetes;

8) Depression;

9) Sleep problems; and

10) Undiagnosed heart disease. Tiredness can be a sign of heart trouble, particularly in women, Ralston says. “If you have trouble with exercise you used to do easily, or if you start feeling worse when you exercise, this could be a red flag for heart trouble. If you have any doubts, see your doctor.”

But again, start with the basics: your sleep, your diet, and your activity level. Sometimes the simplest fixes are all it takes

Comments:  Symptoms like excessive yawning, Gastric troubles like excess acidity not controllable by proton pump inhibitors.

Recommended:

Eating an alkaline diet helps you keep healthy. Follow eating an alkaline diet program if you wish to be slim and healthy.

Resources

Women.WebMd, “Undiagnosed Heart Disease” accessed on 2nd May, 2013, www.women.webmed.com