Issuu on Google+ The level of CD34+ (Stem Cells) is one of the best predictors of cardiovascular health. (New England Journal of Medicine - September 2005) "In years to come, monitoring the level of free circulating stem cells in your body may save your life by allowing doctors to predict your susceptibility to heart and vascular disease." We can expect to employ SCs (stem cells) as bio-markers for atherosclerosis in 3 to 5 years", says Johannes Waltenberger of Academic Hospital in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Medical News Today reported in October of 2005 "These cells (stem cells) are like sentinels that the bone marrow releases in response to diverse stimuli, and they patrol the organism and home in to the site of a vascular injury." Cardiologist, Anthony Mathur is secretary of the Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology on the role of stem cells in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Mathur is also Chairman of the Clinical Group the British Collaborative on Stem Cell Repair of the Heart. Dr. Anthony Mathur is quoted by the BBC as saying, "There is growing evidence to suggest that stem cells may benefit people with serious heart conditions, such as heart failure or those who have had heart attacks." On May 12, 2006, CBS News broadcast a story about a man from Naples, Florida who traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to receive injections of his own Adult Stem Cells into his failing heart. Doctors harvested his own stem cells, then injected them back into his heart to improve it's function. He's one of a handful of people in the world to undergo the treatment. "It re-grows your heart," the patient says of the stem cells therapy. "Your own cells go back and are injected to the parts (that are) not functioning and the cells have your initials on it, your DNA on them." Twenty five days after undergoing the treatment, his heart function had improved by 50%. In January of 2006, Reuters ran a similar story on a Wisconsin man with Cardio Myopathy. This gentleman had a combination bypass surgery and stem cell injections in Thailand. "Embryonic stems cells, the ones everyone is worked up about, won't work. These stem cells were right out of my body. They took 255 cc of my blood and turned out 15 million stem cells. They are having real good luck with it. It's making new muscle. This is all experimental. If you've got grit, the will to live and want to get treated, it's there for you. It is definitely a marvelous thing. Baylor College of Medicine researchers, Dr. Margaret Goodell and Dr. Karen Hirshi agree that stem cells from bone marrow could be used to mend damaged hearts. Drs. Goodell and Hirshi's team discovered that stem cells from the bone marrow of an adult mouse transplanted into the

bone marrow of another mouse had the capability to trasform in blood vessels and cardiac muscle, which helped to restore tissue that had been damaged by a heart attack. This research was published in the June 2001 issue of The Journal of clinical Investigation. If the thought of traveling overseas to undergo expensive, experimental stem cell therapy makes you uneasy, you are not alone. Dr. David A. Prentice, professor at Indiana University School of Medicine suggested in testimony before Congress that the easiest, safest and most efficient means of adding additional stem cells to the body would be to stimulate the release of stem cells already in the body and residing abundantly in the bone marrow. Dr Prentice also said during an interview on the Lehrer Report, "Adult stem cells have significant capabilities for growth, repair and regeneration of damaged cells and tissues in the body, akin to a built-in repair kit or maintenance crew that only needs activation and stimulation to accomplish repair of damage." Adult Stem Cells, which reside most abundantly in your bone marrow, are cells that have the ability to become virtually any kind of cell in the body. Stem Cells are continuously released from your bone marrow and migrate to specific tissue and organs that need help. Once the stem cells reach the damaged organ, they become fresh, new replacements for the damaged cells. Although medications can minimize the damage from heart attacks, they do not repair dead tissue or prevent the scarring that can impair heart function. Only adult stem cells can do that. After dividing his heart patients into two groups, cinical observation by cardiologist, H. Tomada showed that after six months, the sample group with the greater percentage of stem cells in their blood had a faster and more comprehensive recovery rate that the group with significantly lower levels of stem cells in their blood.

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