Regrow Blood Vessels

Regrow Blood Vessels Could be the Next Treatment for Heart Disease

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the western world.  Is there really a treatment for heart disease or is it a band-aid. Researcher in University of Texas demonstrated a new and more effective method for regrowing blood vessels in the heart and limbs. This research has just been successful in rats but could this be the new form of treatment in humans with heart disease. Doctors could  bypass surgery all together and instead repair damaged blood vessels simply by injecting a lipid-incased substance into a patient. Once inside the body, the substance stimulates cell growth and spurs the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones. Pretty cool.

This form of treatment has been tried before. “Others have tried using growth factors to stimulate vessel growth in clinical trials and have not been successful,” said Baker, a faculty member in the school’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. “We think that a major reason for this is that previous methods assumed that the diseased tissues retained the ability to respond to a growth stimulus. Our method basically delivers extra components that can restore growth factor responsiveness to the tissue of patients with long-standing clinical disease.”

Doctors have typically treated heart disease by physically opening the closed artery with a stent or bypass surgery rerouting blood flow to the poorly perfused tissue. Both these methods have limitations, however, and are not effective long-term as we do see many people with recurrent heart events. I know this can be reversed with lifestyle intervention and living heart healthy, however it would be great to see the University of Texas team be successful with regrowing blood vessels. I think we might be a little ways from this but it looks promising. I definitely see a political agenda to possibly stay as is. That is another story.

In the meantime, keep fit.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

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