Congestive Heart Failure 2017-09-08T16:16:26+00:00

CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

Cardiac stem cell therapy can offer a significant amount of help for many patients who are experiencing congestive heart failure. When the heart is unable to distribute enough blood to your body, most physicians call this congestive heart failure or heart failure. Heart failure is a persistent and progressive condition that tends to worsen as time passes. This condition also affects the capability of the heart to deliver blood to the whole body in the proper manner.

THE USE OF ADULT STEM CELLS TO REPAIR THE HEART

Adult stem cell therapy is derived from adipose fatty tissue that is rich with inflammatory properties as well as components that can be used by the body to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. When you supply the heart with more oxygen and blood through the newly developed vessels, the heart muscle starts a new process to build itself. This is the key to treating congestive heart failure symptoms.

FUNCTION OF STEM CELL THERAPY FOR CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

While it is true that congestive heart failure cannot be cured, symptoms can be managed, reduced or improved with cardiac cell therapy.

In clinical trials, patients who received stem cells derived from their own fat tissue experienced improved blood flow to their heart, which can in turn resulted in better overall heart function. Six months after injection, those with damaged heart tissue showed a reduction in the area of damage left by a heart attack, therefore reducing symptoms.

HEART FAILURE DOES NOT MEAN YOUR HEART STOPS WORKING

Heart failure can manifest itself in children as well as adults born with heart defects. However, it is common to individuals who have experienced severe conditions related to:

  • Prolonged high blood pressure
  • Blood clots
  • Heart valve issues
  • Myocarditis
  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Ischemia
  • Coronary artery disease

Sometimes when patients hear the term “heart failure” it sounds like the heart is no longer working at all. But, cardiac arrest (complete stop of heart) is very different from the congestive heart failure. Symptoms, prognosis and congestive heart failure treatment can vary according to specific details and medical history of the patient.

VARYING SYMPTOMS OF HEART FAILURE

Patients affected by this medical condition have symptoms that differ from one person to another. Depending on early detection, conditions, diet, and physical activity. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Swollen limbs
  • Water retention
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pains

Congestive heart failure is usually treated by improving diet and exercise, through medications or even surgery. Despite these treatments, many are left with  no improvement and no further options.

CARDIAC CELL THERAPY PROVIDES A NEW OPTION

With the available cardiac care methods, some heart patients can achieve  at least decreased symptoms. However, others are considered as the no-option category when all procedures have been exhausted. For those who have no treatment options and are suffering from heart failure, cardiac cell therapy may be an option for you.

 

References

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