Stem Cells from Leg Veins Can Help Heal Heart Better and Fast
Scientists from the Bristol University have come up with a research that can prove a life saver for thousands of heart patients. While performing a heart bypass surgery, leg veins are removed for the operation. The left over veins' stem cell can be of a greater help to pace up the growth of more blood vessel tissues if injected to one's heart.
This breakthrough was achieved when the extracted stem cells from leg veins were reproduced in lab and then injected back to patient's heart. The team headed by Prof. Paolo Madeddu is confident to the extent that he says that it will soon be possible even to freeze stem cells.
Getting the stem cell for the treatment will not be inaccessible as Britain alone witnesses aboput 20,000 heart bypass surgeries annually and doctors always manage to get a left over piece out of the long leg vein that they use in the bypass surgeries.
It has been said that this is for the first time scientists extracted stem cells from the vein that is initially used in heart bypass operations. It can truly be termed as a landmark as now it will be possible for the patient undertaking bypass, to be injected with their own body's stem cells for more enhanced improvement of the damaged heart.
The stem cells, if injected into a patient after heart attack, it will work as a catalyst and speed up the growth process in the heart. The cardiac treatments are now blessed with a provision of healing the damaged heart tissues by some diseases or injuries.
Heart troubles are becoming very common with the type of lifestyles that today's fast paced world is living in; therefore such discoveries are much needed and welcomed. However the scientists have been successfully testing this technique in mice, but the real picture will come to the fore front when all these findings will be made evident after human implementation.