High blood pressure goes hand-in-hand with heart issues. Over time, high blood pressure damages the arteries, causing them to become blocked and preventing blood flow to the heart which can result in heart attacks. High blood pressure can also contribute to peripheral artery disease, a narrowing of the arteries linked to pain and fatigue, as well as heart failure.
After a heart attack, the heart sustains damage and scar tissue develops. People who have experienced these events may need to be on medication for a lifetime to prevent further damage, reduce the risk of a subsequent heart attack, and support the heart to work more efficiently.
Recently, however, researchers have discovered a treatment that could potentially restore the damaged areas of heart tissue. Using stem cells, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute regrew healthy heart muscle on patients who had experienced a heart attack. Scar tissue dropped by roughly 50% on average a year following the treatment, compared to patients in the control group whose scar tissue did not decrease in size.
While these results are promising, the efficacy of using stem cell therapy for heart conditions is still being researched and studies are active. Research has yielded dramatically varied results, which could be due to the fact that different researchers use different methods. For instance, some use stem cells derived from the patient themselves through fat or bone marrow, while others may use donor cells (umbilical cord tissue-derived). However, stem cell therapy overall is shown to be safe, and side effects haven’t been a concern.
Until we know more about stem cell therapy for the heart, maintaining your blood pressure through your doctor’s recommendations is key to promoting heart health. Taking any prescribed medicines as directed, exercising regularly, and eating a nutrient-rich diet are all good tactics to follow.
This post was written by a medical professional at https://www.stemedix.com. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.