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Patients' own marrow cells improve heart function

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:950
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Patients with end stage ischaemic heart failure who were not eligible for coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty benefited when their own bone marrow cells were injected into sites of myocardial ischaemia. This is the first time the technique, which may promote growth of new blood vessels, has been used in patients with chronic heart failure.

    Myocardial perfusion and contractility improved in the patients, says the report by Dr Emerson Perin, director of new cardiovascular interventional techniques at the Texas Heart Institute, Houston, and colleagues at the Hospital Procardiaco in Rio de Janeiro, …

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