Promising new Angina Relief from Stem Cell research
Featured on the main evening news here today (in Australia) was a report about a stem cell based injection (or course of injections) that caused new blood vessel formation in the heart.
The report showed an interview with a Professor leading the group and an interview with an elderly female patient. The woman said the trial treatment had dramatically altered her life by eliminating her persistent angina pains.
The treatment is non-invasive and the injection is simply given in the patient's skin. Exactly how the treatment worked was not explained.
There is a lot of work being done with stem cells now, giving real hope for many of us with heart problems and angina.
A similar sort of stem cell treatment was reported on recently in the US. In this case it was a catheter-based treatment that introduced the stem cells (externally cultivated from the patient's own stem cells) in the region of the lesion. The results were reported as encouraging but not startling.
The Australian work is being done at the Victor Chang Heart Institute in Sydney. There was a PDF report on the work released yesterday. It can be accessed here (see PDF link right at bottom):