Help for a Broken Heart?
There's good news for hearts.
A novel method of treating heart attack patients shows great promise for healing hearts that are literally broken.
ABC's Stephanie Sy with more in Your Health Report.
Every year, more than $1 million Americans suffer heart attacks.
A study published in the journal "Lancet" shows that treating heart attack patients with an infusion of cells from their own hearts helps damaged hearts re-grow healthy muscle.
Patients who had the stem-cell treatment showed significant reduction in the size of the scar left on heart muscle by a heart attack.
Their scar size was reduced from 24 percent to 12 percent an average drop of about 50 percent patients a control group, who did not get
stem cells, had no reduction in heart attack scars.
The stem cell group also had a sizable increase in healthy heart muscle after the therapy.
Almost as good as Valentine's Day for healing a broken heart.
- Medical Spotlight 4/12/10 "Cord Blood Stem Cells"
- Medical Spotlight 4/19/10 "Matching Stem Cell Donors"
- Heart Health Tip: Watch Your Cholesterol
- Your Health Report: Is Yoga Dangerous?
- 5/20/13 Fitzness Minute: Amp up your Walks
- 8/12/13 Fitzness Minute: Your Sneaker Guide
- Gender Gap in Diagnosis and Outcome of Heart Attacks
- Heart Transplant Patient Has New Lease on Life
- Pregnancy Can Increase Heart Attack Chances
- Your Health: Antibiotics