Researchers grow new blood vessels in the heartBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7132.645c (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:645
- Hilary Bower
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 …