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Adult stem cells are the key to new heart disease treatments
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 610,000 Americans die of some form of heart disease and approximately 735,000 people in the U.S. have a heart attack each year. Currently, there are medications and implantable devices to treat heart rate and rhythm problems and bypass surgery and stent implantation to help people whose cardiac arteries are blocked, but while these treatments can be effective, they do not treat the underlying damage that a heart attack or heart failure cause to the heart itself.
Researchers at several medical centers of excellence around the country, including the Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Regenerative Medicine Clinic at Cedars-Sinai, are involved in clinical trials to explore how adult stem cells can open new paths to safe, effective treatments that repair the physical damage that cardiovascular disease causes to the heart.