Adult Stem Cell Awareness

July 14, 2009

“The First Time it’s Ever Been Done in a Human”

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 10:26 am

Patient has his own stem cells implanted to repair damaged heart muscle after heart-attack:

A heart attack that struck the otherwise healthy Milles on May 24 is what compelled the married father of two to become one of 24 patients participating in a study at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. As it turned out, Milles would be the first of the patients to undergo the history-making procedure.

“This is very groundbreaking,” said Dr. Raj Makkar, director of the Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “This is the first time it’s ever been done in a human.”

Two days later, in a minimally invasive procedure, Milles had pieces of his heart tissue extracted through a tube inserted in a neck artery.

“We generally go ahead and gather four to six pieces of the heart muscle,” said Makkar, who conducted the procedure on Milles. “If you put the pieces together it’s about the size of a raisin.”

The pieces are taken to a stem cell laboratory where they are put through a number of steps that researchers are currently having patented. The cells then grow into a conglomeration of different cells, including stem cells.

After four to six weeks, about 10 to 25 million stem cells had been produced for the transplant. Makkar inserted the stem cells into Milles’ heart through an artery in his groin. Milles was home within 24 hours.

Now, doctors will wait to see if the stem cells repair his heart muscle.

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