Stem Cells for the Treatment of Heart Disease
What stem cells can do today
opens doorways to even more, tomorrow…
Heart disease and stroke both are types of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one in three American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease. That’s 80 million people!
Heart disease is a general umbrella term for many kinds of heart conditions. Examples of heart diseases include: coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, cardiomyopathy and inflammatory heart disease. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), (also called Coronary Artery Disease), is the most common and is the source of most heart attacks.
The American Heart Association reports, “This year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a new coronary attack and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack.”
Since the first successful transplant in 1998, cord blood stem cells have changed – or even saved – more than 7,000 lives. To date, stem cells from cord blood have been used treat more than 75 types of diseases, including numerous types of cancer, anemia, inherited metabolic disorders and deficiencies of the immune system. The number uses for stem cells continues to grow.
The possibilities are extremely promising. And banking your child’s stem cells increases access to any of these technologies and treatment advancements in the future, including heart disease.
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