New hope for a heart disease cure

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New hope for a heart disease cure

July 27, 2018

UW Medicine research using human stem cells successfully to restore heart function in monkeys with heart failure has been reported by several news outlets. 

The findings from a stem cell approach to repairing damaged heart muscle  suggest that the technique will be effective in patients with heart failure, the leading cause of death in the world.

"We're talking about the number one cause of death in the world [for humans]," said study author Dr. Charles Murry, director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Washington. "And at the moment all of our treatments are ... dancing around the root problem, which is that you don't have enough muscle cells."