Heart Failure and Dilated Cardiomyopathy

When heart fails to pump out sufficient blood to the rest of the body as demanded, most often caused by heart attack and high blood pressure, heart muscles will be damaged. This is a condition called heart failure. Most people with heart failure complain of breathing difficulty that may happen during exercise, eating or even sleeping. Other common symptoms and signs are lethargy, ankle swelling, abdominal bloating, frequent urination and memory impairment.

Patient with heart failure also have a poor prognosis and high risk of developing dangerous heart rhythms triggered by the damaged tissue inside the heart.Current established treatment includes medications that have been proven to alleviate symptoms and reduce the risk of death. Furthermore if the heart damage were caused by blockage of artery, then angioplasty or heart bypass operation may help as they can restore blood supply to parts of the heart that is starved of oxygen. Unfortunately none of the conventional and current treatments above could regenerate new heart muscle to replace the permanently damaged ones caused by previous heart attacks. Hence there will always be some degree of heart failure and progressive deterioration in health.

For patient with heart failure, Cardiocell® treatment will repair damaged cells and provide growth of new heart muscle, hence increase the overall strength of heart and alleviate heart failure. In addition, Cardiocell® replaces the scarred portions of the damaged heart with viable muscle. As these scarred areas can trigger dangerous heart rhythms and cause cardiac arrest, by replacing the scar tissue, Cardiocell® not only improves heart failure but also reduces the risk of sudden death from cardiac arrest.

In studies using cells identical to Cardiocell® for heart failure, patients benefited from symptom relief, improved exercise capacity and stamina, and reduction of angina. There is evidence of increased heart strength and contractility, reduction of heart swelling and scar tissue.

Cardiocell® allows the heart to repair and reverse its damage that current conventional treatment cannot provide. It is therefore complementary to conventional heart failure therapy. It brings new hope and treatment option for heart failure patients who remain ill in spite of, or are ineligible for, current treatments.

Generally if you had a heart attack in the last 2 years which has resulted in severe heart failure now and you have exhausted current methods of treatment, then you may be eligible for Cardiocell® treatment.

Heart Attack

Heart attack occurs when there is sudden interruption of blood flow to the heart caused by blood clot that blocks the coronary blood vessel. This blockage and subsequent loss of blood flow causes the portion of the heart to die and become scarred and eventually leads to heart failure. Most people with heart attack complain of chest pains that feel heavy or tight. The pain may spread to involve the neck, shoulder or arms. In addition, there may also be breathing difficulty, sweating, nausea, palpitation and dizziness.

It is paramount to restore blood supply to the heart as quickly as possible. This may be done by a drug that dissolves the blood clot in the coronary, or through angioplasty to reopen the artery or with a heart bypass operation. Depending on how soon your doctor restores blood supply to the heart, your heart attack may leave you with a small degree of heart muscle damage or an extensive one.

Unfortunately none of the conventional and current treatments above could regenerate new heart muscle to replace the permanently damaged ones caused by the heart attack. For patients with extensive damage, the heart may become weaker and inefficient and ultimately causes heart failure to occur. The permanently damaged areas of the heart become scarred and can trigger dangerous heart rhythms resulting in sudden cardiac arrests. Patients therefore have to take life-long medication to reduce the risk of either complication.