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.
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