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Cell Therapy Improves Damaged Heart In Study
2012-03-27 06:53:13

According to a new study, using a patient's own bone marrow may help repair damaged areas of the heart caused by heart failure. Researchers found that left ventricular ejection fraction increased by 2.7 percent in patients who received stem cell therapy. The study, which was presented at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session, revealed that the improvement in ejection fraction correlated with the number of CD34+ and CD133+ cells in the bone marrow. "This...

2012-03-26 10:05:06

Cell therapy may present an option for patients with ischemic heart disease to use their own bone marrow cells to repair the damaged areas of their hearts, and may pave the way for future treatment options, according to the FOCUS trial, which will be presented as a late-breaking clinical trial March 24 at the 61st annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session. This is the largest study to date to look at stem cell therapy, using a patient's own stem cells, to repair...

2012-03-12 21:25:02

Some patients with advanced heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy, the deterioration of function of the heart muscle, are getting a new lease on life thanks to an innovative treatment program at Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, and the University of Louisville. Led by Emma Birks, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, director of the Jewish Hospital Heart Failure, Transplant and Mechanical Support Program, the program treats advanced heart failure patients who have left ventricular assist...

2012-02-28 14:00:00

For heart failure patients with end stage disease, mechanical assist devices can take over the heart's pumping function and improve blood flow and organ function. Abington, PA (PRWEB) February 28, 2012 The Pilla Heart Center at Abington Memorial Hospital is now offering ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure. The VAD, also referred to as a mechanical assist device, is recommended when the heart fails to respond to other interventions such as...

2012-02-23 13:25:00

Total Artificial Heart Available at 56 SynCardia Certified Centers Worldwide with an Additional 34 Hospitals Currently Undergoing Certification Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) February 23, 2012 SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced today that the 1,000th implant of the world´s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart was performed on Feb. 10 at The University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson,...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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