People with heart disease, it is time to let out a hearty smile because stem cell therapy can save the day for you when other treatments fail.
As it stands today, cardivascular heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women. The disease is responsible for a massive 17 million deaths worldwide, it even tops cancer which stands at a 8.2 million losses per year.
Although we have come a long way in our treatment for heart diseases, the malady is still prevalent and as of yet, very progressive. The progression of the illness can be delayed by things like a proper diet and exercise, but the fact of the matter is that we still don’t have a cure for the disease. Once you suffer a heart disease, the condition mostly only goes down the hill and there is nothing much the doctors can do to stop it.
Naturally, a menace this big to society triggers a torrent of funding towards its research. And there are several efforts being projeted as a possible treatment for heart failure in the near future. Stem cell therapy is one such endeavor.
Presently, there is a wide range of techniques being employed under the umbrella of stem cell therapy, ranging from different types of stem cells being used (IPSC, embryonic, bone marrow) to how these cells get incorporated and interact with the heart tissue.
One such rather successful instance of stem cell theray has recently found when stem cells of the company Celixir were used. The company, co-founded by the Nobel laureate Sir Martin Evans, whose stem cells are donor derived, provided stems cells which were injected into the hearts of post-heart failure patients. The results were surprisingly positive and were covered in The Telegraph.
Stem cell therapy has not yet been approved for cardiovasluar heart diseases. However, the litarature shows that prospects of stem cell therapy are solid. The presense of private companies like Celixir and positive results from clinical trials, like the one mentioned above, will no doubt play a critical role in mankind’s struggle against the principal cause of its demise.