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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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My dad needs shoulder surgery and I'm looking in to stem cells as an alternative. Are stem cell transplants available in the us now?

My dad needs shoulder surgery and I'm looking in to stem cells as an alternative. Are stem cell transplants available in the us now?

Many Options: There are many different options for stem cell therapies in the us. I would suggest you evaluate all of them thoroughly before choosing. So far the only practice that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy is Regenexx. They have over 10,000 patients treated in their registry with pretty good results. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

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Curious as to why are the aorta and pulmonary arteries cannot easily be replaced in a heart transplant?

Curious as to why are the aorta and pulmonary arteries cannot easily be replaced in a heart transplant?

Transplant: We connect the roots of the aorta and pulmonary arteries as part of the operation. The branching parts of these arteries are far to extensive to be involved in the surgical process. ...Read more

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During heart transplant surgery. How is blood flow kept to the brain since the heart has to be taken out?

During heart transplant surgery. How is blood flow kept to the brain since the heart has to be taken out?

Heart lung machine: During heart transplant and in fact many types of heart surgery the patient is connected to cardiopulmonary bypass machine. . The blood is drained out from the large veins (vena cava) into the machine. Oxygen is put into the blood and it is returned into the artery system usually the aorta. So even with the heart stopped, the body and brain continue to receive blood and oxygen. ...Read more

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My brother21years old,has double renal arteries originating from the aorta on one side and hypertension because of that.How can be treated permanently?

My brother21years old,has double renal arteries originating from the aorta on one side and hypertension because of that.How can be treated permanently?

Renal hypertension: Permanent cure???? Nothing can promise permanent resolution of his problems. Studies and experience have shown that in most such patients, surgery ( resection of smaller blood vessel) can accentuate problems. However in some cases such surgeries can cause some relief. Your nephrologist and a good vascular surgeon should be able to give you best advice. ...Read more

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If someone receives a liver transplant, and the liver functions but the recipient soon dies, can the organ be transplanted again in someone else?

If someone receives a liver transplant, and the liver functions but the recipient soon dies, can the organ be transplanted again in someone else?

Depends: This would depend on the reason for the death of the recipient. Could potentially be done but a double transplant of an organ would be pretty unusual. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival after a massive heart attack followed by angioplasty that causes a cardiac arrest? Now ef 52%, BP 100/70 and pulse 68

What are the chances of survival after a massive heart attack followed by angioplasty that causes a cardiac arrest? Now ef 52%, BP 100/70 and pulse 68

Yes: There are a lot of variables that determine prognosis like; time from when the heart attack started to when the angioplasty was done the ef -52% is good excercise capacity symptom status it would be important to be on a medical regimen to prevent a recurrence and then to try and go to cardiac rehab. ...Read more

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My friend has 6 stents a pacemaker defibulator and the back of his heart is dead. How can someone live with their heart half dead?

My friend has 6 stents a pacemaker defibulator and the back of his heart is dead. How can someone live with their heart half dead?

Slowly: The heart is a muscle, and uses electricity to generate the "squeeze" necessary to get blood to the whole body. Stents keep blood flowing to the muscle, and a pacer/defibrillator keeps the electricity on and timed right. When part of the heart is dead, patients are less active. They also may develop congestive heart failure, with fluid backing up into lungs. Pills can help. ...Read more

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What isa a small reversible defect invovling the apical anterior wall, that is consistant with possible ischemia this person did have open heart sugery in the past 6 yrs and has had some fainting spells and all over does not feel well, also takes blood pr

What isa a small reversible defect invovling the apical anterior wall, that is consistant with possible ischemia this person did have open heart sugery in the past 6 yrs and has had some fainting spells and all over does not feel well, also takes blood pr

Concern: Suggests an area of low blood flow if the open heart surgery was coronary bypass, then a graft or additional vessel may be compromised/ or it could be old scar and confusing the picture worth a real diagnosis and cath depending on other personal history. ...Read more

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Can you survive with no treatment for small cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain my mom has 10 tumors?

Can you survive with no treatment for small cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain my mom has 10 tumors?

So sorry: The prognosis is not good, but your doctors can certainly treat her symptoms, control pain, nausea, general symptoms, and palliative treatment can improve her quality of life. Talk to your oncologist regarding lifespan issues, and get some advice. ...Read more

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My pumping chamber is at 45% and has only dropped 10% in the last 2 years. Can the left ventricle be replaced?

My pumping chamber is at 45% and has only dropped 10% in the last 2 years. Can the left ventricle be replaced?

Heart failure: Heart failure, or left ventricular dysfunction, is very serious. Appropriate assessment and aggressive management with your cardiologist is very important. In extreme cases heart transplant is an option, but many times this can be prevented with appropriate medication. ...Read more

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Can my dad who is 92 and has a pacemaker and defibulator still die from heart failure his arteries are beginning to clog up again?

Can my dad who is 92 and has a pacemaker and defibulator still die from heart failure   his arteries are beginning to clog up again?

Yes: We all die from something. The ppm/aicd work to regulate rhythm and rate. CHF is more a disorder of inadequate "squeeze" by the muscle. "clogged" arteries can lead to heart attack / infarction, which is another problem altogther. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

Yes: Small cell lung cancer often responds very well to chemotherapy (shrinks) but it is unfortunately also common for the cancer to return after the completion of chemotherapy. Your medical and radiation oncologists can give you the best information for your father's particular case. ...Read more

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Will tooth regeneration be possible in the next 10 to12 years by stem cells? I have heard this.

Will tooth regeneration be possible in the next 10 to12 years by stem cells? I have heard this.

Sounds great: I am not aware of any studies that promise availability in 10yr. Once a technique has been demonstrated in animal models, there are many channels that must be navigated to test in humans, and then clinical trials, for years, before final fda approval. I suspect it will come, but 10 yrs seems too short an interval. ...Read more

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If not treated, can severe sleep apnea damage heart enough to cause significant drop in left ventricle ejection fracture? In 1 yr from over 50% to 12%

If not treated, can severe sleep apnea damage heart enough to cause significant drop in left ventricle ejection fracture? In 1 yr from over 50% to 12%

Possibly but...: Severe sleep apnea typically leads to raised pressure in the pulmonary artery which in turn causes increase in pressure in the right ventricle. When talking about ejection fraction, it is usually referred to the left ventricle that is responsible for blood distribution. Right heart failure may lead to left heart (ventricle) failure. Also, sa may contribute to hypertension that may cause ef decline. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more