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Can stem cells be applied in heart valve transplant right now?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Presently, no: There is a center in kansas city working on this very thing but it is currently at the animal level of experimentation. This is a great question and someday, if this procedure is perfected to use in humans, it will revolutionize pediatric valve surgery as the valve will grow with the recipient, obviating the need for reoperation.
Dr. David Mulligan
General Surgery 35 years experience
Stem cells: Not quite yet, but they are being used for heart muscle regeneration and many other fascinating areas in transplantation.
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
No: Heart valves are currently not transplanted (unless it's with the whole rest of the heart). There is no established role (yet) for stem cells for heart disease.

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