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Stem cell jab may help cure heart disease

health-and-fitness Updated: Apr 12, 2013 23:47 IST

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Scientists have for the first time tested a revolutionary new treatment that could pave way in creating a stem cell injection to cure heart disease.

The heart failure breakthrough involves injecting patients with their own stem cells. The quick and easy procedure saw doctors take bone marrow from the patients' hips before injecting them into the heart to strengthen the muscle, the Daily Express reported.

Heart pumping function improved within six months for every patient given the ground-breaking treatment. They also enjoyed improved fitness and could walk longer distances.

The trial offers hope to thousands of people struck down by heart failure each year in the UK and could transform the lives of millions suffering the after-effects of a heart attack.

Lead researcher Dr Andre Terzic said: "This study is providing clinical evidence for a new approach in cardiovascular regenerative medicine."

The research has been published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.