Injection of Stem Cells in Acute Myocardial Infarction

There are 3 articles on the subject in last week's NEJM :

Intracoronary Injection of Mononuclear Bone Marrow Cells in Acute Myocardial Infarction.
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There was no effect on global left ventricular function.

Intracoronary Bone Marrow-–Derived Progenitor Cells in Acute Myocardial Infarction.
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There was an improved recovery of left ventricular contractile function in patients with acute myocardial infarction.

Transcoronary Transplantation of Progenitor Cells after Myocardial Infarction.
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There was a moderate but significant improvement in the left ventricular ejection fraction after 3 months.

The conclusion of all 3 studies was almost the same: no breakthrough results, more studies are needed.


Virtual endoscopy of coronary arteries.


Video: Replicating heart stem cells, source: Empowered Medical Media.

References:
Bone-Marrow Cell Injections May Aid Heart Patients. NPR.

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