Researchers launch Phase II trial of stem cells & acute heart attack

December 8, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: ScienceDaily] –The second phase of a clinical trial testing a new stem-cell-based therapy on injured heart muscle has been launched by researchers at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. It is the only study site in the Texas Medical Center.

Results from Phase I of the trial are published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers reported that patients were treated safely with intravenous adult human mesenchymal stem cells (Prochymal) after a heart attack. In addition, they had fewer arrhythmias, improved heart and lung function, and improvement in overall condition.

For more information: Researchers Launch Phase II Trial of Stem Cells and Acute Heart Attack