Mending a Broken Heart with Stem Cells

A new stem-cell treatment may help heart attack patients do something once thought medically impossible — regenerate dead heart muscle.

Dr. Richard Schatz is leading the Allstar study at Scripps Clinic — it is just one of three centers in the nation testing the therapy from Capricor, a Los Angeles biotech company. The cardiac stem cells are meant to boost the heart’s natural ability to perform minor repairs. If it works, scars should shrink and functional heart muscle should grow.

Read more about the Allstar trial in the U-T San Diego’s article Mending a Broken Heart with Stem Cells.

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