Heart disease is a scary prospect for many older people in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 610,000 Americans die of this condition every year, accounting for roughly 1 out of every 4 deaths in this country. Heart disease can be exacerbated by many factors, including poor diet and a lack of exercise. This lifestyle can lead to diabetes and ultimately culminate in heart failure.
The good news for patients already diagnosed with some form of heart disease is that stem cell therapy treatments may help. A recent article from the Daily Express highlighted positive results from a stuidy that used stem cells as a simple, cost-effective strategy to help the body recover from severe heart attacks or other heart problems.
Stem cell therapy supplements the body's natural healing process."
How stem cells can help patients heal from heart failure
Stem cells are powerful building blocks that exist within the body. Whenever a human being is injured, stem cells are part of the natural response. Many are stored in bone marrow, and a few others exist within the heart, waiting to be deployed to a damaged area. While not all stem cells function the same, those that heal do so by injecting hormones or transforming into replacement heart cells, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Here's where the natural response is limited: After roughly a week or so following a severe injury (like a heart attack), the heart will stop signaling for new stem cell aid. While the crisis point has passed at this point, the body still has a long way to go to full recovery. Unfortunately, many of the heart cells aren't completely healed, and the remaining healthy tissue has to work harder. This outcome leads to an increased risk for heart failure and creates a dangerous spiral that can keep the patient from ever fully recovering.
Stem cell therapy treatments can help by finishing what the body started. It supplements the body's natural response, sending more stem cells to the area. They continue to inject hormones or transform themselves, leading the area to a more complete recovery. If the treatment is successful, the heart won't have to work overtime to compensate for the damaged tissue, significantly lowering the risk of heart failure within the near future.
Knowing the advantages of stem cell therapy treatment
Stem cell therapy can have strong advantages over other forms of recovery. First and foremost, it's natural approach. Stem cell treatments don't require multiple surgeries or operations, just a series of injections that can be relatively painless. Once injected, the body isn't under the influence of foreign drugs but rather an increased supply of its natural healing power.
In addition, certain types of stem cells – those derived from umbilical cord tissue – are immune system-privileged. This status means there is no risk of cell rejection or complications, according to the Stem Cell Institute. These types of stem cells also don't need to be collected from the patient ahead of time, as they are drawn from established reserves.
Stem cell therapy treatment represents a powerful, non-invasive tool for helping patients recover from heart disease.