Researchers grow new blood vessels in the heart

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:645
  1. Hilary Bower
  1. London

    German doctors have grown new blood vessels in human hearts using genetically engineered human growth factor. This is a clinical first that could transform treatment for ischaemic heart disease.

    In a randomised controlled trial, researchers from the Fulda medical centre in Germany injected human growth factor FGF-I into the heart muscle of 20 patients undergoing bypass surgery for three vessel coronary artery disease (Circulation 1998;97:645-50). All participants also had stenoses in peripheral …

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