|Dr. Roberto Bolli
Promising results are coming from research that uses patients’ own cardiac stem cells to heal their hearts, a Louisville doctor told colleagues this week at an American Heart Association meeting in Los Angeles.
Laura Ungar of The Courier-Journal reports that Dr. Roberto Bolli, lead author of the clinical trial and chief of cardiovascular
medicine and director of the Institute of Molecular Cardiology at the
University of Louisville, said cardiac stems cells may someday be used to treat heart failure caused by muscle scarring after a heart attack.
Bolli, who partnered with Dr. Piero Anversa of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on the research, explained that their research showed that hearts in patients treated with their stem cells had greater pumping power, and benefits continued to increase as long as two years after receiving the cells. Heart failure afflicts about 6.6 million Americans. (Read more)