Researchers have for the first time highlighted the natural regenerative capacity of a group of stem cells that reside in the heart. Research shows that if the stem cells are eliminated, the heart is unable to repair after damage. If the cardiac stem cells are replaced the heart repairs itself, leading to complete cellular, anatomical and functional heart recovery, with the heart returning to normal and pumping at a regular rate. It’s a discovery that could lead to less-invasive treatments and even early prevention of heart failure in the future.
Specializing in interventional cardiology and as part of a team of pioneers in the use of one’s own stem cells to treat heart attacks and heart failure, Dr. Guilherme V. Silva, MD, and the team at Texas Heart® Institute at St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, are doing all they can to prevent heart disease, especially in those who are genetically predisposed.