Stem cell researchers have been touting such potential for years. Scientists in the area of stem cell research have long been hopeful that the use of stem cell treatment will become a major player in the fight to remain healthy and to heal. Stem cells have been shown in the lab to impact damaged tissue, repair or even replace the tissue or organs of those that were unable to repair themselves.
This is the potential of all stem cell research: to repair or replace damaged organs that normally would never become viable. In theory, science suggests that we will be able to replace damaged livers, kidneys, and other tissues and organs in the body.
The most recent study grew stem cells from patients’ hearts after serious and damaging heart attacks had occurred. The heart muscle had become permanently damaged and would be unable to become better or stronger. The prognosis was terminal regardless of the medical interventions used
However, the patients did not perish as expected. Instead, the researchers obtained tissue from the hearts and prepared stem cells from them. The cells were placed into the damaged heart and the heart re-grew viable tissue. The best part is that the cells were the patient’s own so rejection was not an issue.
The patient heart function prior to the injection of stem cells was at an average of 30%, a severely low number. Four months later, the average patients’ heart function had increased to around 38% and at the one year mark, at around 42% – a dramatic improvement.
The research shows that the heart stem cells that had been injected into the patients had grew back healthy cardiac tissue in the severely damaged patients. The damaged heart disease had actually decreased by 30% in a year. Similar results have been reported in other research hospitals to back up this research showing that damaged hearts can potentially be repaired in the future.