Can Stem Cells Kick-Start Heart Repairs?

A new clinical trial at UCSD Medical Center will test stem cell therapy on patients with advanced heart failure, according to a published report.

The Phase 2 tril will examine whether the treatment can repair muscle damage and improve heart functioning, Dr. Anthony DeMaria told the North County Times.

More than 5 million people are affected by heart failure, in which the heart's capacity to pump blood is diminished. Nearly 40,000 people a year die of heart failure.

Sixty patients will be involved in the trial at UCSD Medical Center and other hospitals around the country.

Read the North County Times' "Heart Failure Patients to be Treated with Adult Stem Cells" story for more details. 

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