MAY 21, 2019 11:10 AM PDT

Helping Hearts Heal After Cardiac Events With Stem Cells

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce

Heart disease kills more people worldwide than any other cause. In America, it is the number one reason people are admitted to the hospital. Additionally, heart disease is the number one healthcare expense in the US, costing over $100 billion annually. 

One reason causing this disease to be so prevalent is the popularization of a western diet. These diets are loaded with ultra-processed foods that disrupt the oxygen supply to the heart causing cardiac events.  

Once the heart is damaged, it repairs itself not by regenerating healthy functioning tissue, but by replacing it with scar tissue. As scars replace cardiac muscle, a person loses much of their ability to function normally. This is because the heart can no longer meet the body’s demand for blood. 

But what if we could help the heart to be more regenerative? That is what physician-scientist Chuck Murry is hoping to accomplish using stem cells. 

After many successful animal trials, Murry and his team are hoping to start human trials next year. 

The above video goes into detail about this potentially world-changing therapy.

 

Sources: TEDNational Institutes of Health

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
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