Cardiac Stem Cells from Heart Disease Patients Potentially Harmful

June 15, 2017

(UPI) – A new study by Tel Aviv University has found that cardiac stem cell therapy from cardiovascular disease patients may be harmful to patients. “We found that, contrary to popular belief, tissue stem cells derived from sick hearts do not contribute to heart healing after injury,” Jonathan Leor, professor at TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Sheba Medical Center, said in a press release. “Furthermore, we found that these cells are affected by the inflammatory environment and develop inflammatory properties. The affected stem cells may even exacerbate damage to the already diseased heart muscle.”

Recommended Reading