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'Pumping heart patch' ready for human trials

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A "pumping" patch containing millions of living, beating stem cells could help repair the damage caused by a heart attack, according to researchers.

Sewn on to the heart, the 3cm (1in) by 2cm patch, grown in a lab from a sample of the patient's own cells, then turns itself into healthy working muscle.

It also releases chemicals that repair and regenerate existing heart cells.

Tests in rabbits show it appears safe, Imperial College London experts told a leading heart conference in Manchester.

Patient trials should start in the next two years, the British Cardiovascular Society meeting heard.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48495313

https://news.sky.com/story/heart-patches-and-new-blood-test-lead-pioneering-heart-failure-treatments-11734376

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and then

This sounds miraculous.  It could save many lives that are now lost due to the damage from a single infarction that used to doom people.  Wow.

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spartan max2

If this is successful I wonder if the implications would be to put stem cell patches on other body parts after significant injuries 

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