Given the Dr. Duckers' commentary below including the plan to expand the trial to an additional 220 patients I believe that we have an early indication of what could potentially be the game changer in care after a heart attack using the Cytori Celution platform
(please excuse the google translation from Dutch).
Press Release From Lead Clinical Investigators for Apollo Trial
Abdominal fat as a "medicine" after heart attack Stem cells from belly fat to repair a damaged heart
People who have had a heart attack may benefit from their abdominal fat. The fat cells that are able to repair damaged hearts. If the stem cells soon after the infarction from the abdomen to move the heart, patients recover faster and better. Cardiologists of the Erasmus MC have emerged from a study with an initial group of patients. The results are so promising that the study will soon be extended to thirty other centers worldwide.
People who have had a heart attack, are often health problems. In an infarct blood vessels become damaged and a part of the heart muscle dies off. The heart pumps less than striking, patients quickly tired. Also many of these patients developed cardiac arrhythmias, and they run a greater risk of re-infarction. Acts until the time of their infarction were quite normal, patients can no longer good, such as climbing stairs or shopping. "These restrictions have much impact on their daily lives," says Eric Duckers, the interventional cardiologist who leads research with prof.Patrick Serruys.
Erasmus MC is the largest and most authoritative scientific University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Almost 13.000 staff members work within the core tasks of patient care, education, and scientific research on the continuous improvement and enforcement of individual patient health care and social care. They develop high-level knowledge, pass this on to future professionals, and apply it in everyday patient care. Over the next five years, Erasmus MC wants to grow into one of the best medical institutes in the world. Erasmus MC is part of the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU). See www.nfu.nl
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